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Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Reese Witherspoon and other celebrities mad for geography-themed baby names

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth in 2011. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Of course Reese Witherspoon named her new son Tennessee James Toth. In the ever-competitive field of celebrity baby naming, the preferred way these days of imbuing your offspring with an air of down-home authenticity or jet-set panache is a name lifted from the atlas. The trend may have started some 20 years ago with Bono’s daughter Memphis but has picked up speed lately — to the point that Beverly Hills kindergarten rosters will soon sound like troupes of scrappy vaudvillians or the platoon from an old war movie.

Born early Thursday, reports People, Tennessee is the star’s third child and her first with new husband Jim Toth. (Perhaps they’re big fans of her homestate’s beloved Tennessee Ernie Ford? Kids, that was just a stage name: The late country singer was christened “Ernest.”)

See some other geography-mad celebrity families in this photo gallery.

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