Terry Morrow: What's in a (baby's) name? Ask Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville and his wife, Naomi, have a baby daughter, whose name honors many of their loved ones.

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Johnny Knoxville and his wife, Naomi, have a baby daughter, whose name honors many of their loved ones.

Johnny Knoxville wants to clear up a few misconceptions about his new baby girl's name.

Though her name includes "Arlo" and "Yoko," the influence — as many media outlets have drawn upon — isn't nearly as rock 'n' roll as you might think. She'll be called Arlo, though any connection to Arlo Guthrie is purely coincidental.

"We just like the name 'Arlo,'" Knoxville, nee South Knoxville native PJ Clapp, told me.

E! Online reports "Arlo" is, indeed, a fashionable name around Tinsel Town, with many new parents of the celebrity kind using the name as well.

As for "Yoko," it's not as much influenced by the Beatles as it is Knoxville's mother-in-law. "She is named 'Yoko' because that's my wife's mother name," he said.

Knoxville and his wife, Naomi, have been married more than a year. Their son, Rocko, will be two years old soon. His baby sister, Arlo, was born in October.

For the record, their baby daughter is named Arlo Lemoyne Yoko Clapp. "Lemoyne" is the name of Knoxville's mother.

Besides being a daddy, Knoxville has been busy making movies. He was working in New Mexico recently with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a new flick due out next year. Just before Arlo was born, Knoxville wrapped work on a buddy comedy with comedian Patton Oswalt.

According to reports, he's also working with Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson and — of all people — Lindsay Lohan on the feature film "The Dry Gulch Kid."

n Flying high. Farragut native Laura Beth Wells, who can be seen currently on Broadway in musical "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," recently told Broadway.com about a high-flying experience as a child in Knoxville that influenced her career choice.

"My parents took me to see 'Peter Pan' at the University of Tennessee when I was in fourth grade, and I went absolutely bonkers," she told the website.

From there, she knew she wanted to be an actress. But first she got her degree from UT before charting her course that eventually led her to the theater and "Spider-Man."

Wells, 35, isn't all about work these days. She is a new bride.

She and Metropolitan Opera singer David Crawford married in an upstate New York ceremony in August.

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