The Gaines family’s newest member made a swift and early debut into the world this weekend. While fans are fawning over the adorable Instagram pics many are also asking why did Chip and Joanna Gaines name their baby Crew?

Crew Gaines is the fifth baby for the couple, who already have two boys named Drake and Duke and two girls named Ella Rose and Emmie Kay. When Chip and Joanna revealed that they were, in fact, having a boy, many fans (including us!) assumed that they would stay in line with their naming tradition and give their youngest son a name starting with the letter “D”. Much to the world’s surprise, however, the couple went with an entirely different naming scheme.

While Crew might be outside the box for the family, considering that the addition gives them a full team of pint-sized demo assistants, it’s a pretty perfect fit. Even proud papa, Chip, made a nod to the team-building aspect of the name when he made the birth announcement tweeting, “the Gaines crew is now one stronger.”

Of course, nicknames often take over and baby Crew has already earned an adorable one from his mom, who shared the latest pic of her little “cuddle bug” on Instagram.

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Cuddle bug 😍

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While Crew certainly has a classic ring to it, according to Nameberry it’s actually a fairly new entry into the baby name game. It first broke the top 1,000 boy names in the US in 2010 and has been steadily climbing ever since. We predict it will soon be as popular as farmhouse sinks and shiplap.


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Featured photo: Joanna Gaines via Instagram


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