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Zooey Deschanel wins the 2015 Terrible Baby Name Award

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Zooey Deschanel: Her shtick is weirdness, and in keeping with that theme, the actress has given her daughter a truly strange name. More bizarre, even, than Apple or Blanket.

The new mom revealed three months after giving birth that her daughter henceforth will endure living with the name Elsie Otter. We repeat: Otter.

The New Girl star gushed about her kid at the Rock the Kasbah premiere in New York City on Monday, and she explained on her Today appearance on Tuesday that no, Otter is not some meaningful family name of yore, but just a random animal of which she and her husband are particularly fond.

“We just really liked the name Elsie and then we both love otters; they’re very sweet and they’re also smart,” Deschanel said. “They use tools … they hold hands while they sleep, there’s so many amazing things about otters. They’re wonderful animals.”

The Driftless Area star, 35, wed husband Jacob Pechenik in a secret Texas ceremony in June. They welcomed Elsie Otter (which is never going to get old) a month later.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:21pm]


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