This Is a Baby Name Expert’s Top Guess For Chip & Jo’s Fifth Child

published Mar 9, 2018
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It’s not just the sex of Chip and Joanna Gaines’s new baby that’s causing quite the discussion. Now that the Waco duo has revealed their baby’s gender, the world is plotting away trying to determine what the little boy’s name will be.

As any Fixer Upper superfan would know, the Gaines family already has two boys: Drake, 12, and Duke, 9. (There are also two little girls, Ella, 11, and Emmie Kay, 7.) So not only do their sons’ names start with a D, but they both have one syllable and contain the letter K. In pursuit of Baby #5’s name, we consulted Pamela Redmond Satran, creator of baby-naming site Nameberry.

“My first idea, which would be very thematically appropriate, is Deck,” says Satran. “Deck might be short for Decklin or one of the other spelling variations of the Irish name Declan, which has been rising on the popularity list.They could also spell it Dek or Dec. Decker (which means roofer) might be another related way to go, Deck for short. I definitely like all these and if I were name-consulting for them, this is the choice I would recommend!”

But there’s plenty of other options which still fit in the parameters of the Gaines dictionary.

“If they weren’t wed to the letter K but wanted to keep the sound, they could name him Dex, which can stand on its own or be short for Dexter,” says Sartran. “I also ran this through our search tool looking for one syllable boys’ names that started with D and contained k,” says Satran, whose results included everything from Dick and Dirk to Duuk and Dierk. “Dick is out these days, but maybe Deke, which could be short for Deacon, another appealing choice.”

There are other options, too: “If we let go of the one-syllable stricture, we get a lot more choices,” says Satran, who offered up Dakota, shortened to Dak, or Derek, shortened to Dek. And if they’re looking to keep the single syllable and the “C/K” sound, Satran suggests Ike, Clay, Colt, Knox, Cruz, Zeke.

“My number one choice is still Deck, but there are a few other building-related names,” says Satran, who suggested Bridger, Slater, Wright (which means carpenter), and Woody.

It’s a hard prediction, but if we’re going on some of Chip and Joanna’s favorite words, we’d bet on something like “farm sink” or “floating mantle.”