J.R. Martinez Won’t Name His Daughter ‘Salami’ or ‘Apple Cider’

01/30/2012 at 03:45 PM ET
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J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones, who are expecting their first child — a girl! — in May, have narrowed the names to two. Expect something special – but nothing absurd.

“We won’t name her Apple Cider or Salami,” the Dancing with the Stars champ, 28, vowed to PEOPLE at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“It won’t be our favorite dish or our favorite getaway or favorite car or show.”

So, what’s left after that?

“It will be something really close and personal to us. It feels like we’re giving something to her that is very special,” he says.

Martinez and his girlfriend want to wait to meet their newborn before deciding officially.

“She’ll probably come out and we’ll be like, ‘That’s the name,'” Martinez says. “We have narrowed it down to two names and we agree on it, which is good. I hear that traditionally, when it comes to the name picking, that’s when the disagreements occur. But I think it will be a nice flow.”

Gonzalez-Jones says she’s feeling good, and that the reality of becoming a mother is starting to set in.

“I’m six months now,” she says. “The first five months, I wasn’t showing, she wasn’t really moving too much. Now, she’s kicking all the time. She’s like, ‘I’m here, I’m coming.’ And it’s like, oh yeah, it’s coming soon!”

The couple, who are preparing to move from Studio City to Sherman Oaks, Calif., are also thinking about themes for the nursery.

“We don’t want to douse her in pink,” Martinez says. “That is the cool thing we agree on. We want, like, light pink, but not all pink.”

— Jessica Herndon and Tim Nudd with reporting by Jennifer Garcia

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Nancy on

Good for you JR!! I know there are people on here who are going to claim that parents can name their kids whatever they want to, but they don’t think about how the kid will be teased and negatively impacted.

Tee on

Glad to hear that an “out there” name won’t be in the cards for their daughter!

Nancy on

Is it just me or does Diana look a lot like Cheryl Burke?

Anonymous on

Nancy- With all due respect, there’s no name that’s tease-proof.

That being said, I can’t wait to hear the name they’ve chosen! 🙂

Stella Bella on

Salami? Oh goodness, don’t give other celebrities ideas!

ELO on

Anonymous- I have to disagree with your statement. I think there are definitely hundreds of names that are “tease free”. I would occasionally get picked on when I was a child but the name Elizabeth was never brought into play.

The Baking Fairy on

@ELO – I doubt any name is tease-free. There may be a lot of names that aren’t easy to rhyme but any name can be made into a weapon to wound a child. My cousin Elizabeth was teased with the nickname “Lizard Liz” by my dad and the rest of my uncles. She hated it. Consider yourself lucky if no one used your name against you.

Nancy on

Anonymous—LOL. You are correct with my name. Think of all of the other words rhyming with Nancy. It could be brutal.

Shannon on

Thank goodness! lol Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Anonymous on

The Baking Fairy- Thank you! That’s what I was trying to say. If kids really want to tease a name, they will. Also, rhyming is hardly the only way to tease a name. For example, kids might tease a girl named Lucy by calling her Lucifer (I actually know someone that happened to!) or make various toilet jokes about a boy named John.

It’s also important to remember that nicknames can also be teased. For example, the name William probably isn’t super-likely to get teased. But a lot of young boys with that name go by the nickname Willy…which is also a slang term for a certain part of the male anatomy. And since a lot of boys love making jokes about things like that, going by that particular nickname is probably going to end up being a recipe for disaster!

Point being that no matter what you name your kid, some kid is probably going to find a way to tease their name at some point. And even if they don’t, your kid will probably just be teased for something else.

Julianna on

Nancy, in my opinion she looks like Jennifer Hudson. Maybe it’s the picture?

And when I was a child my classmates used to call me Julianna banana, so I agree with those who say no name is tease free. It’s just that some are subject to more hurtful teasing than others.

NikNak on

He should marry this woman, who will be the mother of his child soon.

Michelle on

You are such an amazing, courageous man. Hope would be a great name. You have instilled hope in me and I’m sure in many millions.

Congratulations to you and your wife!!

Delores on

I think I have you all beat in the nickname game…you can just guess what I was teased with…my name, by the way, is Delores..

Marky on

I think I must have been so fortunate, because I was raised in a place where bullying was not allowed or tolerated by any adult or done twice by any child, because those wonderful, caring adults didn’t tolerate it. I had a friend who had an odd name I have to this day never heard used for another child, and she was never teased. It might be nice if many of you adults taught your children never to tease or bully another child, and didn’t tolerate anyone teasing or bullying when you are around. Children can be corrected without cruelty or unkindness on your part.

Judith on

I am so happy for J.R.! I watched him on “All My Children.” Babies are blessings; I have four children (35-17 years old).

J on

Yeah we’re all beat. Somehow I think the jokes only started when that episode of Seinfeld was on TV. 😉

J on

Delores, my name, btw, is Mulva..