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John Legend explains meaning of his and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter Esti’s name

By Riley Cardoza,


John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s 2-week-old daughter Esti’s name honors multiple family members.

The EGOT winner admitted to E! News on Wednesday that the homage was not an “intentional” one.

“Once Chrissy told me that idea, I was like, ‘Oh, my great-grandmother’s name was Esther,'” Legend explained.

“We wanted to already name her middle name Maxine after my grandmother, whose middle name was Maxine,” he continued.

“So, it’s a lot of my family in the name.”

The “All of Me” singer, 44, and Teigen, 37, revealed their baby girl’s name earlier this month, nearly one week after the model gave birth .
The moniker honors the singer’s grandmother and great-grandmother.

“We welcomed Esti Maxine Stephens to our family, and our house is overflowing with love and joy,” Legend captioned a Jan. 19 Instagram photo of daughter Luna, 6, and son Miles, 4, holding the infant.

He went on to thank his wife for her “strength and resilience.”
“It’s a lot of my family,” Legend said.
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The “Voice” coach concluded, “I’m so thrilled to see how Luna and Miles embrace their baby sister. I’m so, so grateful, but that doesn’t seem like a big enough word.”

Teigen shared the same sweet snap to her own account.

“The house is bustling and our family could not be happier,” she wrote. “We are in bliss.”

The couple, who married in 2013 , conceived Esti via in vitro fertilization nearly two years after Teigen lost son Jack at 20 weeks pregnant in 2020.

The “Cravings” cookbook author clarified in September 2022 that her pregnancy loss was actually a “ life-saving abortion.”

Teigen told E! News in 2017 that she has always wanted the “biggest family,” which Legend echoed to “Entertainment Tonight” five years later.

“Chrissy … wants more,” he said in September 2022. “I’m one of four, so I’m cool with it.”

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