Ukelette Doily, Sassafras Anjou, Winnifred Clementine and Dew Drop Paper Rose are just a few of the names I guessed Etsy yarn doll Zooey Deschanel would name the bundle of baby she gave birth to in Austin, TX a few months ago. Sadly, Zooey and her hipster husband Jacob Pechenik didn’t go with any of those names, but they gave their baby daughter a name that puts the twee in twee. These two are otter their minds (the gong is in the shop so you can’t GONG me this time), because they named their daughter the adorkable name of Elsie Otter. Elsie. Otter.
Zooey was on Today this morning promoting that Rock the Kasbah movie and she explained why she and Jacob gave their daughter the name of a lost Beatrix Potter character:
“We just really liked the name Elsie, and then we both love otters because they’re so sweet and also smart. They use tools, they keep their favorite tools, they hold hands while they sleep, there are so many amazing things about otters. They’re wonderful animals.”
They named their child Elsie Otter, because they love otters and they love otters because otters use tools? Did the fumes from the glue Zooey uses to make tiny wooden cupcakes for the kitchen in her dollhouse mess up her brains? I mean, I love cake, marijuana and peen, but I would never name my kid Pillsbury Weed Dick. Okay, maybe I would.
But seriously, Elsie Otter isn’t that bad at all. It could’ve been a whole lot worse. And Elsie Otter sounds like the name of Strawberry Short Kook and Poncho Punch’s baby, and that’s a good thing, because Otter Pops are a gift from the lord.
Elsie Otter doesn’t even have to worry about getting made fun of for her name at school. Because I’m sure Zooey and Jacob will send her to a magical school inside of the biggest tree trunk in the brightest part of the forest where her teacher’s name will be Mrs. Owl and her classmate’s names will be Stewey Squirrel, Atticus Hedgehog and Talullah Rabbit. Or Zooey will send Elsie Otter to the Los Feliz Daycare. Either way, Elise Otter will be fine!
And here’s Elise Otter’s mom at last night’s NYC premiere of Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray, a wonk-eyed Kate Hudson, Taylor Kinney, Lady CaCa and a nerdified JLo.