Henry behind the name

  • Jenna Bush Hager gave birth to a baby boy on Friday morning with her husband Henry Hager.
  • The couple named him Henry Harold Hager, after her husband and her late grandfather on her mom’s side.
  • Jenna had previously mentioned wanting to name a child after her grandfather, if they had a boy.

Congratulations are in order for Jenna Bush Hager and her husband Henry Hager. She gave birth to a baby boy, named Henry Harold Hager, on Friday morning.

“I have a new baby boy. Henry and I met our little boy on Friday morning,” Jenna said on the Today show Monday via phone. “His name is Henry Harold, named after my grandpa, and Henry for my husband, and we call him Hal.” The mom of three added: “He’s a beautiful, funny little man,”

Jenna shared a series of adorable family photos to Instagram this morning announcing his birth. Jenna’s parents, George and Laura Bush, her husband Henry, and their two daughters all snuggled up with the newest member of the family. Jenna captioned the post: “Welcome to the world my darling Henry Harold “Hal” Hager! Hal came into the world Friday, August 2, 2019 at 9:02am and our life has never been sweeter. ❤️❤️👶🏼”

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Welcome to the world my darling Henry Harold “Hal” Hager! Hal came into the world Friday, August 2, 2019 at 9:02am and our life has never been sweeter. ❤️❤️👶🏼

A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Aug 5, 2019 at 5:34am PDT

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And our world made even sweeter when our girls met their baby brother.

A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Aug 5, 2019 at 5:38am PDT

Predictions about Jenna’s baby’s name were pretty spot on. One leading possibility was Harold, which is inspired by her late grandfather on her mom’s side. “We’ve always thought if we had a boy, we were going to name him after . But we haven’t had a boy yet,” she shared on Today during an emotional reading with Hollywood Medium Tyler Henry. Now that she and Henry have a boy, they included a tribute to her grandfather with his middle name.

Jenna announced her pregnancy live on Today on April 22. “Yes, I’m pregnant,” she shared on air. “Y’all I’m very pregnant, so I don’t know how I hid this.” Jenna said she was specifically five-and-a-half months pregnant at that time. Speculation about her late July and early August due date seem to be right in line with his arrival, too.

Almost simultaneously, Hoda Kotb adopted a second baby girl. Jenna went out on maternity leave last week, so fans will have to wait a bit longer for the dynamic duo and new moms to be back together on TV.

Even so, the TODAY show must go on, and will likely tap a few of its first-, second-, and third-hour co-hosts–like Savannah Guthrie, Dylan Dreyer (until she leaves on her own maternity leave), and Carson Daly—to fill in for the 10 a.m. slot. Former Today star Meredith Vieira may also pop up from time to time.

Congratulations to Jenna and Henry on their baby boy.

Jennifer Nied Jennifer Nied is a contributing writer for Women’s Health with more than 10 years of writing and editing experience, specializing in wellness, adventure travel, and fitness, with work appearing in Budget Travel, American Spa, Women’s Health, and more.

Jenna Bush Hager Shares Sweet Photos of Her Daughters Cuddling Their Newborn Baby Brother

Jenna Bush Hager‘s daughters are bonding with their baby brother!

Just over a week after the Today show co-anchor, 37, and husband Henry Hager welcomed their son Henry “Hal” Harold on Aug. 2, the mom of three shared new photos of the newborn on Instagram Story Saturday.

The sweet pictures showed Bush Hager’s daughters — Poppy Louise, who turns 4 on Aug. 13, and Margaret “Mila” Laura, 6 — cuddling up to baby Hal.

“Morning snuggles,” Bush Hager captioned one of the images, while the other read, “I love you baby bro.”

Earlier this week, Bush Hager shared photos of the siblings’ first meeting in the hospital after Hal’s birth. A trio of snapshots shared on Instagram showed Mila and Poppy peering into Hal’s bassinet and snuggling up in Bush Hager’s hospital bed alongside their mom and the newborn. A third image saw both Mila and Hager looking lovingly at Hal.

“And our world made even sweeter when our girls met their baby brother,” Bush Hager captioned the touching post.

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The new mom told PEOPLE following her son’s birth that Mila and Poppy were “thrilled to have a little brother and already nicknamed his nickname, exclaiming, ‘Welcome to the world, Hal Pal!’”

In fact, their new sibling’s nickname is all his sisters’ doing. “We weren’t exactly sure about the name, but then his big sisters arrived and they called him Hal Pal,” Bush Hager recalled during a Monday-morning call-in to the Today show from her maternity leave. “So we thought, ‘This is just perfect!’ “

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Bush Hager told her daughters about the pregnancy on Easter Sunday this year, sharing on the Today show that the “Easter bunny brought them an egg with the big reveal.”

One of the girls was even so excited she kept telling “strangers on the subway and anybody that listen” about her baby brother on the way while rubbing her mom’s stomach, Bush Hager told PEOPLE in June.

RELATED: Haley Meets Hal! Hoda Kotb Captures Sweet Moment Between Her Daughter and Jenna Bush Hager’s Son

Following Hal’s birth, Bush Hager explained to PEOPLE that he “is named Henry after many on his father’s side, including his dear dad and his paternal grandfather.”

“Harold comes from my maternal grandfather, Pa, who I loved dearly and was unable to keep a son long enough to name,” she added.

In the days after his birth, Hal has had visitors from many of Bush Hager’s family members and friends — including a recent visit from Bush Hager’s Today co-host Hoda Kotb‘s daughter Haley Joy, and Bush Hager’s twin sister Barbara Pierce Bush Coyne, who brought “donuts and tacos” when she arrived at the hospital.

Jenna Bush Hager and her family are paying tribute to their late patriarch, former President George H. W. Bush, on the anniversary of his death.

The Today show co-host, 38, shared an emotional tribute to her late grandfather on Instagram Sunday, including a series of photos with him and her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush. In the heartfelt caption, Bush Hager revealed the sweet way her 6-year-old daughter Mila comforted her with love.

“One year yesterday, we lost our Gamps. He is gone but he left behind a family that loves each other — we talked yesterday about how much we love him and each other,” the mom of three wrote. “He showed us that serving with humility is the best way to serve and that living with kindness and generosity of spirit is the best way to live.”

“We miss you Gampy, but as Mila said yesterday: don’t worry mama, he’s celebrating in heaven with Ganny. 💫,” she added.

RELATED: 1 Year After George H. W.’s Death, How the Bush Family Is Asking Others to Give Back

The former 41st president died on Nov. 30, 2018, at the age of 94, just seven months after his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush died.

In the days following her grandfather’s death, Bush Hager reflected on how grateful she was that her two daughters, Mila and 4-year-old Poppy Louise, got to know their great-grandfather before his death.

“What a gift that my girls got to know our Gampy,” she posted on Instagram at the time. “What an honor that we could name our Poppy after such a principled, humble, kind man who we all loved fiercely and who loved us back.”

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When Poppy was born, Jenna and her husband Henry Hager explained the special meaning of their daughter’s name. “Poppy is named after Jenna’s grandfather,” they said in a statement. “His nickname growing up was Poppy, and we are proud to name her after a man we so adore.”

The Bush family,(L-R) Texas Governor and presidential candidate George W., Florida Governor Jeb, former US president George and his wife Barbara | JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty

The former president is often remembered for his altruism. His daughter Dorothy Bush Koch, 60, and son Neil Bush, 64, told PEOPLE on Friday that their family hopes to honor his “legacy of unrelenting service to others” on the anniversary of his death.

RELATED: George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies at 94

“Dad loved to honor those people who were catalysts in their communities, who inspired hope in others by defeating apathy with empathy,” Koch and Neil said. “It is through selfless actions, often in insurmountable situations, when we are most reminded of the strength of character and leadership which our father exhibited, but also admired.”

The pair added: “In his honor, we ask and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to think of how they can be a point of light and inspiration in their own community and help transform the world into one in which no one sits on the sidelines.”

The “point of light” phrase was a signature of the 41st president’s administration, along with the thousand-plus commendations he gave to individuals and organizations. These daily “Points of the Light” awards later gave rise to the Points of Light Foundation in 1990, which Neil now chairs.


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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Harold

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Harold in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy’s name Harold:

  • Records indicate that 547,685 boys in the United States have been named Harold since 1880.
  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1924, when 14,140 people in the U.S. were given the name Harold. Those people are now 92 years old.

    So … how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.

  • Comments about the name Harold

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    1 Positive Comment

  • “It is my brothers name, and he always complains that he was the only Harold in school during the 80’s. But hey this way evrybody remembers him.” Jul. 26, 2006: 1 Negative Comment
  • “My name is Harold, named after my Dad. He did’nt do me any favors. For a while I thought it was getting more acceptable but I was wrong. It’s still old and square sounding. For some reason growing up everyone called me Harry, Hal or Howard. These days my nickname is “H” Let’s face it , have you ever met a really cool guy named Harold? Can you just imagine a Harold Sinatra, or a Harold Presley. How about a movie star Harold Eastwood. No sir, that dog will not hunt!” Mar. 14, 2009: 7 Neutral Comments
  • “It was my maternal grandfather’s name; he was born in 1901 and lived to 1981. Even though I didn’t know anyone in the Long Island, NY area where I grew up with that name, I knew three Harolds in Illinois where I went to college: one was an older Jewish drama teacher and the other two were Chinese and African American drama majors. I don’t think there were any others in the entire school (ca. 1969-1973). Wonder why they all were clustered in drama and were so diverse in a mostly white Midwestern small college?” Jun. 1, 2013:
  • “The fourth most unpopular male name in the United Kingdom – a name sounding so old that it’s like the male equivalent of Gertrude or Ethel, respectively the first and third most shunned female names. Other grandad names faring as bad as Harold include Frank, Leonard, Arthur, Albert, and Stanley, themselves on the male endangered list in eighth, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 17th positions respectively.” Dec. 23, 2008:
  • “An ancient royal name as borne by King Harold who was killed in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD (hence the start of the Norman Conquest), and also by Harold Bluetooth and more recently by Norway’s present king, Harald V. In the U.S. the name Harold was popular for most of the 20th century, particularly the first quarter of that century, but is now out of fashion, though it is still used on rare occasions in African-American families (so I believe).” Jun. 3, 2008:
  • “Conjures up an old man with a pipe in his mouth, and also a well-built New York businessman or gangster (even gang leader) of a certain era who is of either Italian or Jewish descent. Frank, Albert, Walter, and Arthur are pretty much in the same category, and women they are/were married to in, well, just any of those eras would go by Edith or Florence or Agnes or Beatrice.” May. 29, 2008:
  • “Still sounds a bit grandadish to me, but I suppose it could make a comeback, with Harry as a nickname.” Oct. 11, 2007:
  • “Not quite as bad as Arnold, Herbert, or Horace or even women’s names like Ethel and Hilda, but still considered old-fashioned in many parts of England and America today” Dec. 8, 2006:

    What do you think about the name Harold?

  • Henry Family History

    English and French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements haim, heim ‘home’ + ric ‘power’, ‘ruler’, introduced to England by the Normans in the form Henri. During the Middle Ages this name became enormously popular in England and was borne by eight kings. Continental forms of the personal name were equally popular throughout Europe (German Heinrich, French Henri, Italian Enrico and Arrigo, Czech Jindrich, etc.). As an American family name, the English form Henry has absorbed patronymics and many other derivatives of this ancient name in continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.) In the period in which the majority of English surnames were formed, a common English vernacular form of the name was Harry, hence the surnames Harris (southern) and Harrison (northern). Official documents of the period normally used the Latinized form Henricus. In medieval times, English Henry absorbed an originally distinct Old English personal name that had hagan ‘hawthorn’. Compare Hain 2 as its first element, and there has also been confusion with Amery. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hInnéirghe ‘descendant of Innéirghe’, a byname based on éirghe ‘arising’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Éinrí or Mac Einri, patronymics from the personal names Éinrí, Einri, Irish forms of Henry. It is also found as a variant of McEnery. Jewish (American): Americanized form of various like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish names.

    Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

    Similar surnames: Merry, Terry, Berry, Hendry, Hendy, Heery, Denny, Penry, Henny, Keary

    • Today show star Jenna Bush Hager gave birth to her first son on August 2 and named him Henry Harold “Hal” Hager.
    • This is Jenna’s third child. She and her husband, Henry Chase Hager, are parents to daughters Mila and Poppy.
    • Here’s why the Today show anchor decided to name her baby Henry Harold.

    Jenna Bush Hager’s baby boy is finally here!

    On Friday, August 2, Jenna and her husband, Henry Chase Hager, gave birth to their third child, Henry Harold “Hal” Hager. To celebrate the occasion, Jenna’s whole family came to visit to her at the hospital, including her sister, Barbara, who brightened up her day even more with a big box of donuts.

    When seeing baby Henry for the first time, the book-club queen shared on Monday morning’s Today show that her daughters, Mila and Poppy, instantly fell in love.

    “It was so beautiful, Poppy told him that she loved him and asked when we could bring him home,” she said. “They’re crazy about him.”

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    Welcome to the world my darling Henry Harold “Hal” Hager! Hal came into the world Friday, August 2, 2019 at 9:02am and our life has never been sweeter. ❤️❤️👶🏼

    A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Aug 5, 2019 at 5:34am PDT

    Also in the hospital were Jenna’s parents, former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Even though Jenna said months ago that her father was jokingly pushing hard for them to name their baby boy “George,” the couple ultimately decided on Henry Harold. As Jenna explained on Today, both “Henry” and “Harold” are special names in her family.

    “Harold is after my grandpa and Henry is my husband,” Jenna clarified when she called into the show. “But then his big sisters arrived and they called him ‘Hal Pal.'”

    To be clear, Jenna isn’t talking about her late grandpa, former President George. H. W. Bush, but rather Harold Welch, her mother’s late father who served in World War II. Ironically enough, Harold’s wife was named Jenna, a moniker Laura decided to pass on to the Today star.

    Apart from Henry’s name having a special familial connection, August 2 also happens to be Today co-anchor Dylan Dreyer’s birthday, as well. What’s more, Dylan is expecting a baby boy of her own sometime in January with her husband, Brian Fichera.

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    And our world made even sweeter when our girls met their baby brother.

    A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Aug 5, 2019 at 5:38am PDT

    All in all, Jenna declared that she and her family are beaming with joy right now.

    “Even though the news outside these walls isn’t great, you see the joy in their eyes and you know that that’s what we’re here to do, to make their lives safe,” Jenna gushed about her son. “He’s a beautiful, funny little man.”

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