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Actress Rachael Leigh Cook, star of television’s Perception, and husband Daniel Gillies welcomed a baby girl on September 28th and she’s all thatCharlotte Easton  is the first child for the couple.

WHAT IT MEANS:  Free man

WHERE IT ORIGINATED: A French feminine form of Charles, this name was popularized by the wife of England’s King George III, Queen Charlotte Sophia, who ruled during the American Revolutionary War.

POTENTIAL NICKNAMES: Nicknames for such a classic are diverse, ranging from the exotic Lotte or spunky Charlie, to the vintage Lottie.

KNOW THIS: As the 19th most popular name for girls, Charlotte currently ranks the highest it ever has in U.S. history. Its incendiary move upward was sparked by Kristin Davis’s Sex in the City character Charlotte York.

POP CULTURE CONNECTION: Cook’s daughter joins a virtual celebaby pack: Sarah Michelle Geller & Freddie Prinze, Jr., Dylan McDermott and Colin Hanks have all chosen the name Charlotte for their girls.

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