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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Thomas Rhett performs onstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren recently welcomed their second daughter Ada James into the world. The little one joins older adopted sister Willa Gray, who became a part of the family a few months ago. The newly minted dad recently revealed the origin behind each little girl’s name in a conversation released by his record label.

Expectedly, the names are inspired by family. “Willa came from my mom’s dad, his name is Willard, which translated means innately brave,” Thomas says. “And so we felt like Willa was a beautiful girl name, and also we thought it represented kind of her story. Like you have to be strong to survive what she went through. And then Gray is short for Lauren’s brother Grayson and we really love Grayson’s personality and we love him. We just thought Willa and Gray [worked] really nice together.”

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there in the world! Missing @laur_akins and Willa today! See y'all tomorrow????????

258.9k Likes, 784 Comments - ThomasRhettAkins (@thomasrhettakins) on Instagram: "Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there in the world! Missing @laur_akins and Willa..."

The name “Ada James” has a similar story. “We’re a huge double-name family if you haven’t known,” the “Unforgettable” singer says.  “James comes from my uncle, my dad’s brother. His name is James Elias. So James is her middle name and Ada, Lauren said that she had a dream and she kept hearing the name Ada in the dream. And that is why we went with Ada. Pretty random, but really cool.”

Getting the hang of it I think

424.3k Likes, 2,538 Comments - ThomasRhettAkins (@thomasrhettakins) on Instagram: "Getting the hang of it I think"

Dad is already back on the road with stops planned for New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Illinois in the coming weeks. See a complete list of dates here. His new album Life Changes releases September 8th.


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.