Kevin James Welcomes Son Kannon Valentine

04/25/2011 at 05:20 PM ET
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The King of Queens has his prince.

Kevin James and his wife Steffiana welcomed their first son, Kannon Valentine James, on Easter Sunday in Boston, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Kannon joins big sisters Sienna-Marie, 5, and Shea Joelle, 3½.

James, 45, starred on the long-running sitcom The King of Queens and recently appeared in The Dilemma with Vince Vaughn. He’ll next be seen in Zookeeper.

– Julie Jordan and Sara Hammel

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Marie Robertson on

Congrads…I just love your movies Kevin… :)

Laura on

Congrats to them! I am a big fan of Kevin James

Mallory on

Congrats! That’s a cool name! I love Kevin James, he’s hilarious! :)

M on

Love him and have always thought his wife was one of the most beautiful women, ever. Congratulations to the family.

Taylor on

I wondered if they would get a boy this time around. Congratulations Kevin, Steffiana, Sienna-Marie, and Shea on baby Kannon! I love his name too!

Selene on

I wonder if Valentine is an ode to his brother

J on

Pretty cool name.. I love him on king of queens!

nelly on

The initials for the girls are after their mom S and now this new bundle takes a K name after daddy kevin… very creative and cute name

JM on

wow, Kannon really? to each their own and all but why would you want to name your kid something that sounds like a thing that kills people? very strange to me.
don’t all jump on me though, we’re all entitled to our opinion when it comes to something as trivial as names. he may say that my kids names aren’t nice, or too normal or something and i would let him have that opinion. i’m sure he doesn’t care what i think anyway :) i’m just saying that kannon is one hellishly ugly name in my opinion, i can’t understand how you can see a beautiful little baby and think kannon.

i wish them health and happiness :) like i said, just my thoughts….

soph on

Wow, Kannon?

Jillian on

Jm, I thought the same thing.

Millie on

I agree JM not only a thing that is used for distruction, but the little boy is always going to have to say Kannon with a K. Just plain perculiar IMO

Sophia on

Congratulations to Kevin, Steffania, Sienna and Shea! And welcome to baby Kannon Valentine. That name is…well… but to each their own.

Mose on

Kannon. A damned silly name.

Juliet on

Selene – his father is German and Valentine is his middle name. Kevin and his brother both use stage names.

RKF on

When will people realize they’re naming a BABY, not a pet. Kannon? Really? Poor kid.

Rae on

I think that name is pretty cool, reminds me of nick cannon!

J on

RKF, I don’t even name my pets silly names. :)

Boni on

Look up the meaning before making assumptions people.
Kannon \k(an)-non\ as a boy’s name is pronounced KAN-en. It is of Japanese origin. Variant of Kuan-yin, the Buddhist deity of mercy. Kannan (Sanskrit) is a variant of Krishna

Allegra on

The ‘K’ part is the made up part. Cannon is actually a name! Regardless, I kinda like it.

Romy on

the name is silly. Hi, I’m Kannon with a K. But I didn’t even realize they had two girls. I thought it was just Shea.

Kellie on

Romy- Someone with your name saying that makes me giggle.

I can tell you that cannon, Kannon, Kanion are becoming very popular is schools.So his son will be alright, and when I see that name, my first thought is death like some people. I think it’s pretty cool.

Also, there are many people that have changed the spelling of names from C to K, so it’s not it’s new or anything.

momof3 on

Congrats. Did anybody notice that the girls are ‘S’ names after the mom, and the son is ‘K’ after Kevin.

momof3 on

I named my son Jakob with a ‘K’. what’s the deal?

Mira on

All three names are silly. A car, a skin cream and a medieval weapon. Greeaat.

But Kevin James is hilarious, so if these kids have an ounce of their dad’s sense of humor, they can pull off even more ridiculous names than these.

Kels on

Mira, I agree Kannon is an interesting choice but Sienna-Marie & Shea aren’t “silly” or “ridiculous”. I don’t know their inspiration for Sienna but it’s pretty common & Shea is named after “Shea Stadium”, the Mets are his favorite team.

Jillian on

Mira, I agree with you on Kannon. I have never thought of Shea or Sienna as a car or skin cream when I heard their names. I think the names are quite pretty, which is why this last name is surprising.

Romy on

Kellie with an ie, my name is not actually Romy. I would never post my real name. The name Romy actually has nothing to do with me.

Tee on

An Easter baby! Congratulations!

Tianne on

My daughter is named Kannyn…so I love the name..:D…congrats to the family!

Rhyan on

My son’s name is Kannon James and I LOVE IT!!!! There is nothing weird about it WHAT SO EVER!! (And no we are not gun toting, cannon weilding people) The name is actually Buddhist and we get nothing but compliments for it!

Rose on

Aww a little boy, how wonderful! Not a fan of the name, but each to their own.

Angela on

Thank you, Boni. Some of you are so narrow-minded by assuming it only means something negative in English. Steffania is Filipino-American and the name is a derivative of the following in Japanese and Chinese:

Kuan Yin or Kwan Yin (kwan jɪn)

— n
Japanese name: Kannon a female Chinese Bodhisattva of compassion, regarded as the protector of women and children and patron of sailors

from Chinese: one who hears the sounds of the world

Kristen on

Sienna is for St Catherine of Siena. They added an “n” which is pretty common. It was never for a car. Kevin and Steffania are devout Catholics. Shea was for Shea Stadium since Kevin is a big Mets fan. I knew at least three Sheas growing up in the 80’s all named for their mothers’ Irish surnames, so it’s not that out there. Never even knew it was a skin cream. Not crazy about Kannon, but if girls are going to be S names and boys K names, they could have picked a lot worse. K’s not an easy letter for boy names.

JM on

angela there is nothing narrow minded about not liking a name. someone disagreeing with you over something so trivial does not make them narrow minded it makes them not exactly the same as you. please, look into vocabulary.

and again, i don’t understand why it is all of a sudden wrong to say you don’t like a name just because a name happens to be foreign. i grew up in a non-english speaking country and there are plenty of names in the language that i don’t like. but if someone else said it they would be called narrow minded. does not add up to me. everyone is going to have certain connotations with names. if someone called their child Pigsbladder we wouldn’t understand why. if they then said ‘oh but in my language it means something different’ would that make you like the name any more? it’s a ridiculous argument that just because something is a foreign name that you can’t object to it.

i stand by what i said, i think kannon is an ugly name.

Sarah S. on

I and my family LOVE Kevin James! Congrats to him, Steffiana, and big sisters Sienna-Marie and Shea!! Welcome to the world Kannon! :)

lizzielui on

On the flip side JM, when someone makes the comment “I think that name is awful” or “I cannot understand why they would give the kid such a horrible name” or “that’s not a real name” without knowing that it has a whole different meaning in another culture, it makes them look silly in my opinion. Not everyone is going to view everything with the same lens as we do here in America nor should they be expected to. It’s fine if you don’t like the name. You are definitely entitled to that. However, there is nothing wrong with someone pointing out that your association with any given name has a completely different meaning and context to the parents that chose it. Again, I’m not saying that anyone can’t object to a name. But to say, “I can’t believe they named him that when it means…” is silly especially when you are dealing with people from a different country and culture and that is not what the name means to them.

Angela on

JM, if you’d taken a few seconds to read my post, you would have noted that I said it was narrow-minded to assume the name only meant something negative in English. I mentioned nothing about people who simply don’t like the name.

Becky on

Congrats to them..Not a name that I care for, but it’s not my baby..I love Kevin James though..

@JM..I agree, we don’t all have to like the same names, wouldn’t that make for a boring world if we were all named the same thing?

@Kellie..I actually had an aunt name Romy and she loved her name..What’s so ugly about this name? There are a lot of celebs that have given thir children ugly names (just my opinion), but I’m sure that they think some of our names are ugly also..

J on

To be fair a lot of people here DO insult foreign names without bothering to think that maybe the name has meaning other than just a random object. Some of the comments really can be mean, and constantly saying, “don’t judge me, just my opinion” over and over to make it all better doesn’t really do anything to help.

JM you scold Angela about this being trivial but honestly you took it that route when you had to add all sorts of explanations on how you think the name is just horrible, then you add “just my opinion” to make your comments seem a little more polite. You can’t fault someone for maybe being a little offended at how you picked at the name you couldn’t be bothered to think that maybe had some meaning to it other than a random “killing item”. Now that you were called out on it you get all defensive and act like people have nerve commenting back.

There is nothing narrow minded about not liking a name but there is when you go off on a tangent about how much you hate it.

Heather yocum on

Congrats Kevin!!! So happy for u and ur family. your son will make a great addition to your family. I love your movies too.

Macy on

Kannon isnt as bad as Shea, which is an irish BOY name!

Millie on

The thing is, this name means something in English as well as something in another language and culture. The thing I hate, and do agree it is narrow mindness it when there is a “foreign” name, which is just a name, like the name “Doutzen” and someone says what a silly name etc; when its quite obvious its not an English name.

In this case “Cannon” is an English word; we all associate it with something; so saying you dont like it as a name, in my mind is different, because its not ignorence if you know what the name means. Granted, I may not know all the meanings, but I know one, and I dont like it.

Jillian on

Shea is not only a boy’s name……. According to my baby book, it says it is not a popular boys name, but IS a somewhat popular girls name. This information is also online.

Toya L. on

Congratulations to them. I love Kevin and Steffiana is pretty.

wlmac on

To everyone worried about him being named after a weapon, what about all the kids named Gunnar, Hunter, Bo, Macy, Axl, etc. Lots of kids’ names were inspired by weapons…lol Plus, it’s better than being named after a fruit…hello, Apple…

JMO on

I happen to like the name Kannon. I’d select it over many of the other odd choices celebs pick!
To the person who said Shea and Sienna were cars and creams. Yea so you don’t think Sienna was a name first then became a car?? How about Dakota, Lexus, Savanna, Sierra, Mercedes (car/girls names) should I go on?? Nothing wierd about it at all! I love all the names! Happy they got a little boy to add to the house of girls :)

pieinthesky on

Cannon is not that bad, but alternative spellings drive me crazy and make people look illiterate.

Cecelia on

Pieinthesky, it may not be alternative spelling, as no one knows if they named their son after the artillery or not. As previously mentioned, Kannon could be in reference to the bodhisattva.

V on

I’ve actually heard Cannon as a boy name before, what I thought was oddd, and nobody has pointed out is his middle name is Valentine, and he was born on Easter.LOL.

showbizmom on

Wow! I like the name. All the kids names are beautiful. I hope no one on here ever finds out my name or my families names :) My name is fairly common, but not by much and my kids and husband have traditional Korean names mixed with some old family names. Some names might not be pretty to you, but you never know they might have a cultural significance to the family so we should never turn our noses up at them.

KP on

I bet that Valentine is after the Mets manager Bobby Valentine, who managed the team from 1996-2002!

nora on

Who cares what we think? Really?

Angelika on

As someone who has grown up correcting people on the pronunciation AND spelling of my name on a daily basis, I just wish parents would try LESS to be “creatyve” and try to think about what a PITA constant correction becomes as the child gets older. My name is a “good old-fashioned German name” (I’m a first generation American) and while I have grown to like my name, it still takes up a lot of my time to correct people – half the time I don’t even bother anymore. I answer to most anything.

His girl names are definitely not my style, but whatever…Kannon however, well, he’s in for a lifetime of “Kannon with a ‘K’ – and yes, said just like the large gun of wartime.” :|

Macy on

Jillian, the name Shea is not top1000 for boys OR girls, so you can only read the archives and it was more popular as a boys name. And it doesnt matter anyway, Madison is still a MALE name yet its more popular on girls.
Shea is an irish boy name, and its one of the most popular names over there. What do you think they think about when they meet american little girls named Shea? Its ridiculous.

Rosemary on

The only thing I would say about giving a baby, especially a son, an unusual name and/or unusual spelling is to beware of other children. When Kannon grows up, and as he is growing up, he will have to contend with other children who may tease him about his name. It’s a nice name – I have no problem with it. But other children can be bullies (despite the Nanny State’s all-out, concerted effort to protect children from themselves and each other) and are also extremely cruel. Life is hard enough without saddling a child with an unusual name. Or a name that can have a dumb, silly or stupid nickname. Nevertheless, congratulations to Kevin, Steffiana, Sienna and Shea for the new addition to their wonderful family.

Allison J on

Congrats on their new baby son! Kannon sounds krazy to me, but whatever floats their boat.

ReedFla on

Kongratulations.

Jill on

You people need to get lives….wow.

Marilyn on

Wow, the baby was born two days before Kevin’s birthday of today (4/26). I just read it is his b.d. today. I kind of like the name Kannon.

lisa on

my nephews name is kanen also and there is nothing wrong with that name

Jillian on

Macy, Jillian, the name Shea is not top1000 for boys OR girls, so you can only read the archives and it was more popular as a boys name. And it doesnt matter anyway, Madison is still a MALE name yet its more popular on girls.

HUH?!? I never said it was in the top 1000 for boys or girls. Madison is a FEMALE name from where I come from.

Shea is an irish boy name, and its one of the most popular names over there.

Over there???? Where is over there? The US? If so, Shea is not one of the most popular names for boys over here. Just so ya know! It isn’t even for girls.

What do you think they think about when they meet american little girls named Shea? Its ridiculous

Actually people like it! I have met several girl Shea’s. Never met a boy Shea. I live in the US, Macy and we like the name Shea for girls.

Eliza on

What a stupid name why can’t people name there kids normal names.There is so many great names that aren’t popular and someone should have told the asian women she lives in america not china whatever she is from.

Lala on

Valentine is Kevin’s actual last name. James is just a stage name… He may have legally changed it from Valentine, to James though. But his brother still uses the last name Valentine {Gary Valentine, who played his cousin Danny on King of Queens}.

JM on

J, this comment:
‘JM you scold Angela about this being trivial but honestly you took it that route when you had to add all sorts of explanations on how you think the name is just horrible, then you add “just my opinion” to make your comments seem a little more polite. You can’t fault someone for maybe being a little offended at how you picked at the name you couldn’t be bothered to think that maybe had some meaning to it other than a random “killing item”. Now that you were called out on it you get all defensive and act like people have nerve commenting back.’

makes very little sense. you think i am getting defensive? i was just qualifying my opinion, you understand the difference right? if not i can help you out.

look this is very simple, the point i was making was that people are going to have all sorts of connotations with a name and so there is nothing wrong with saying that you don’t like a name. let me give you an example:
i grew up in a non-english speaking country. my mother comes from britain. where we lived when i was growing up the name Lukas is in the top 5 boys names, so obviously very common and many people like it. my mum, never liked the name, she said every time she heard it it just reminded her of the word mucus. now does that make her culturally ignorant, or did it mean that when she met someone with that name that she didn’t understand that in another language there wouldn’t be that connotation? no, that was just the connotation that she couldn’t shake.

so you see the point is that saying that you are not allowed to dislike a name because ‘you don’t understand that it is from a different culture’ is ridiculous. you’re always going to have connotations so what’s wrong with stating them?

i hope that’s a little clearer and doesn’t make you feel threatened and say i’m getting defensive :) cracks me up.

Jaedyn on

Wow, congrats! I bet wrong, thought it would be girl no. 3. I love the name! Kannon Valentine (I’d do Kennan) is beautiful! I also love the theme of Steffiana, Sienna, Shea, Kevin and Kannon!

mmh on

Don’t always assume people just made Cannon into Kannon (for example). My son’s name is Konrad, and NO, that’s not a “younik” spelling, it’s the original German spelling — Conrad is the Anglicized version. It’s a saint’s name when spelled with a K, and that’s what we were going for… I’m not saying that’s for sure the case here, but it sounds like Kannon might be an Asian name when spelled with a K…

Donna on

Congrats to Kevin and his wife Steffiana. May God Bless you all.
Loved watching King & Queens and watch the Dilema that was funny too.
Wish you all the best in the world with your family
Donna

anne on

What if it’s Ka-nnon (like Cay-non)?

showbizmom on

What a stupid name why can’t people name there kids normal names.There is so many great names that aren’t popular and someone should have told the asian women she lives in america not china whatever she is from.

Eliza

@Eliza Are you speaking about me? I’m not Asian. I’m Black and my husband is Korean and because we love and respect his culture and mine we named our kids with names that show that. And really? are you that dim?

Angela on

Showbizmom, I think Eliza was referring to Steffania who is Asian-American, not you.

Kelley on

Congrats!!!! What a blessing to have a baby on Easter Sunday!!! :) I think it’s cute how the girls’ names start with S and the boys’ names start with K. :)

Me on

Kevin’s real last name is not Valentine. His real last name is Knipfing. James is his stage name. Valentine is his brother’s stage name.

Congrats to the family on the new addition. I love the name!!

Jillian on

showbizmom, why would you think eliza is talking to you?!?!?!?

MiB on

Jillian, the name Madison can be used predominantely by women where you live, but it can by default never be a female name since it means “son of Matthew”.

As for Gunnar, Bo and Axl, these are old Scandinavian names, and while Gunnar means warrior it has nothing to do with guns (it is way older than that), Bo and Axel have nothing to do with weapons, Bo means someone who lives somewhere and Axel is the Danish form of the Hebrew name Absalom, which means something like “Father of peace”, not actually inspired by weapons…

Josh on

Congrads… She is very pretty… I headr she was from WA. but one of the writers stated she is from Ohio. Do you know where she is from and who her parents are?

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