Busy Philipps: Why We Named Our Baby Cricket

01/07/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Busy Philipps Cricket Baby Name
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Once Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein discovered the sex of their second child, they went to work putting together a long list of baby girl names.

But when the actress gave birth to their now 6-month-old daughter, the couple realized they had come up short in the name game.

“Oh my God, it was so hard because we had all these names and then she came out. I looked at her and she just couldn’t be one of those names,” Philipps, 34, tells PEOPLE.

The proud parents took home their new addition and celebrated the Fourth of July — it “bought us some time,” she jokes — but after a week with no name, the hospital came looking for their final decision.

“I got a call from Cedars and they said, ‘You have to come back and name your baby,'” Philipps recalls.

Fortunately, with plenty of experience under his belt, it was Silverstein to the rescue. “He’s always coming up with character names for his movies and TV shows,” she says.

And when the screenwriter suggested Cricket Pearl, the Cougar Town star instantly envisioned a fun future for her little girl and knew they had found the one.

“A lot of times your name dictates the kind of personality you have and [Marc’s] like, ‘Everyone likes Cricket, Cricket is just the greatest, happiest kid on the block, the coolest camp counselor, she’s hot in college,'” Philipps explains. “He just had this whole narrative for what that name was.”

Just as the new parents took their time deciding on baby girl’s moniker, big sister Birdie Leigh, 5, has also needed a little extra time to adjust.

“That first month was really tricky because I think she was expecting the baby to come out and be more interesting,” she shares. “Once the baby really started smiling and connecting with Birdie, [she was] able to be a little more playful with her.”

She adds, “I think it’s only going to get better.”

The new season of Cougar Town premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on TBS.

— Anya Leon with reporting by Caryn Midler

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klutzy_girl on

So excited for Cougar Town’s return tonight!

And Birdie and Cricket go well together.

tieraney on

Love her and can’t wait for Cougar Town to come back!

Paula on

At least the girls have normal middle names.

Lyoness on

I love their names! They have a sweet Southern feel to them.

Alix on

Absolutely love Busy Phillips!!!!! Birdie and Cricket are such cool names. Can’t wait for Cougar Town. LOVE THAT SHOW!!!! 😀

kaischnee on

Don’t birdies eat crickets?

Rebecca on

I would never name my kids after an animal or an insect, but it’s their choice.

Ridiculous on

Sad that she feels the need to explain herself. Its a cute name…definitely a lot worse out there!

Meia on

Birdie I get. I don’t love it, but its cute I guess. But cricket? Crickets are creepy bugs. No matter how much I try to see how someone could say the word Cricket and envision a beautiful young woman is beyond me.

BUT I do love her and if she is happy with the name then who cares what anyone else thinks.

suspicious on

I don’t know … sounds like a reference to The Young & The Restless to me! (played by Lauralee Bell) I say: Own it! I love me some Y&R!

stacey on

Beyond Ridiculous.

Jenn on

Birdie, Cricket…….why oh why does this story keep appearing?? And who cares what people name their kids.

Rhonda on

Christine’s (from Young and the Restless) nickname used to be Cricket, so it’s not unheard of.

soph on

“Narrative”? Lame. Yeah, there’s Christine aka Cricket on Y&R like someone mentioned. But Cricket Pearl as a given name is just hideous.

Jen on

Cricket is the nickname of the bitch that lives next door to me…

Ris on

Horrible name

Cricket on

My name is Cricket and I have had a blast with it over the years. Sometimes it can be hard to have a weird name but mostly I love it.

Cate on

I actually got a cat a couple days after I read that she named her daughter Cricket and found that it suited my new cat perfectly, hahaha. So my cat is named Cricket, as well.

Carolyn on

Two dopey names.

rlb237 on

I love the name. I went to middle and high school with a Cricket, and we’re still friends today. Nobody ever really thought twice about her unique name, and this was back in the early 90s when names still tended to be traditional. She is a very happy, fun, sweet girl, so Busy’s on to something with the name-contributes-to-personality thought!

Jen on

Wow, I bet her real first name is Jiminy.

Ally on

Best comment ever, Kaischnee! Statrs my day out with a laugh 🙂

ann on

My nickname is cricket because I can whistle to where it sounds like a cricket. I think it is cute.

jj927 on

Hey, her name is Busy…. I wouldn’t expect her girls to have “normal” names at all!! I actually think both Birdie and Cricket are kinda cute!

manomer on

I think all of you lame negative people need to get a life…find your happy place….lol.

Margie on

It would be cute if it was only a nickname but to put a name like that on your child’s birth certificate – parents who give their kids these kinds of names are ridiculous. It’s not cutesy to give your child a dumb name just to try to be original.

Tim on

What’s with the names? Cricket, Birdie. What next, Pray Mantis?

Terri on

I knew a girl in high school named Cricket & she was absolutely adorable. I think of her everytime I hear the name Cricket.

susan on

Well, it’s better than her name, Busy. What kinda name is Busy! I think Cricket is kinda cute.

susan on

Any old timers out there that remember 77 Sunset Strip? Connie Stevens name was Cricket!

renee on

birds eat crickets

finsup726 on

Love the name! What ese would you have BUSY name her daughter 🙂

Ashleigh on

Still better than NORTH WEST. Hahaha.

Carol Anne on

One of the worst names, ever. There really ought to be a law.

Anonymous on

susan- Busy is actually her nickname. Her real name is Elizabeth. 🙂

Ty's Mom on

I love it and I love the story behind it!! And why do we care/get so upset about what another mom names her child?

Canada1 on

My dog’s name is Cricket. With a sister named Birdie, they have an animal theme going.

Wendy on

Just wondering if they realuzed that birdies eat crickets?!