Why Samira Wiley and Wife Lauren Morelli Named Their Baby Girl George

During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Handmaid's Tale star Samira Wiley said some people were "confused" about her baby girl's name. Scroll on for her response.

By Jess Cohen May 14, 2021 2:09 PMTags
Watch: Samira Wiley & Lauren Morelli Welcome First Baby

Samira Wiley is a proud new mom.

The Handmaid's Tale star and wife Lauren Morelli welcomed their first child, a daughter named George Elizabeth, in April. "Happy 1st Mother's Day to my beautiful wife, who four weeks ago today after laboring for almost 3 days gave birth to our first child—our gorgeous daughter, George," Wiley wrote in a May 10 Instagram post in honor of the Orange Is the New Black screenwriter. "Welcome to the world, babygirl. We love you and we thank you for giving us the best 1st Mother's Day two ladies could ask for."

Days after announcing her daughter's arrival, Wiley appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and responded to people who she said are "very confused" by the newborn's moniker.

"We gotta teach the new generation about this because I really wish that I had some really in-depth story to tell people about George, 'cause I know that's what people want, you gotta give the people what they want," Wiley told host Jimmy Kimmel. "But I just really like the name, I just think it's really cute."

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"I mean, I tried to do some research," she continued. "I found out in the 1800s it was a girls name, but people don't believe me when I say that."

And, as Wiley went on to point out, in the popular Nancy Drew books the character's female best friend is also named George. 

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Despite any name confusion, Wiley and Morelli are loving this time with their baby girl. As Morelli wrote on Instagram, "We are so happy, so grateful, and so tired."

As fans may recall, Wiley and Morelli tied the knot in 2017, about three years after they first started dating.

Take a look at the video above to find out how Wiley almost revealed their "secret" baby news a few months early!