It turns out there is plenty of significance behind Wyatt Morgan Cooper’s first and middle names!
On Thursday, April 30, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper announced that he’s a new dad!
During a two-minute segment at the end of CNN’s Town Hall, Cooper revealed that his son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper, had been born on Monday evening via surrogate.
“On Monday, I became a father,” he said. “I’ve never said actually said that, before, out loud and it still kind of astonishes me.”
CNN’s @AndersonCooper is a dad.
“On Monday I became a father. I’ve never said that out loud and it astonishes me,” he said Thursday at the end of the #CNNTownHall.
“I have a son.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 1, 2020
Turns out there’s a lot of family significance behind the sweet name!
The baby’s first name, Wyatt, comes from Cooper’s father, who died when the anchor was just 10 years old.
“He’s named after my dad … I hope I can be as good a dad as he was,” Cooper explained.
According to the Social Security Administration’s baby name ranking, the name Wyatt has been steadily growing in popularity for years. In 2000, it wasn’t even one of the top 100 names in the United States, but by 2018, it was the 26th most popular name in the country.
The middle name, Morgan, is a family name that comes from Cooper’s mother’s side of the family.
“I know my mom and dad liked the name Morgan, because while I was going through her things recently, I found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me, and Morgan was on the list,” Cooper said.
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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.
As a first name, Morgan is much more rare than Wyatt — according to the Social Security Administration, it was only the 164th most popular name in 2018. It peaked in popularity in the year 2000, when more than 9,502 children were given the name.
Cooper said that he wished his family was able to meet their newest relative.
“I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt,” Cooper wrote on Instagram. “I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and Wyatt, and that our family continues.”
“So that’s Wyatt Morgan Cooper,” the proud father said. “He was 7.2 pounds at birth, and he is sweet, and soft and healthy, and I am beyond happy.”