Zooey Deschanel Reveals the Reason Behind Her Daughter's Unique Name on Ellen

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Celebrity baby names run the gamut from weird to weirder, so when Zooey Deschanel announced that she named her daughter Elsie Otter, we had mixed emotions. Surprised? Not really. Pleased? A bit. Curious? Definitely. And luckily, the new mom is setting the record straight about her baby girl's moniker today on The Ellen Show.

As it turns out, the 7-month-old's middle name is a family one—sort of. "Is that a family name?" host Ellen DeGeneres quipped. "In the sense that we're all mammals," the New Girl actress hilariously responded. Touché, Zooey.

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"Elsie's kind of a classic name. A lot of people have grandmas and aunts named Elsie," she said. "And then the middle name can be a little wild." Wild indeed. Watch the full interview above to see Deschanel talk about the full baby-naming process.

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