Why Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell Named Their Daughter Delta


Parenthood star Dax Shepard got personal on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, talking about his second baby, Delta, and what inspired her name.

"Delta actually was a joke," the 40-year-old actor told Ellen. "Our first daughter's name is Lincoln, which is very masculine, so a friend of mine teasingly texted me, 'Oh great! What's this one going to be? Navy Seal? Delta Force? Green Beret?' And I was reading this text out loud to Kristen and I said, 'Oh, Steve said, "What if we named her Delta?" Delta! Delta Bell Shepard! That's it!' And that's it."

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Dax also shared the intense 33-hour labor his wife Kristen Bell, 34, went through for 3-week-old Delta.

"Kristen, God bless her, was in labor for 33 hours," Dax said. "[Her labor with Lincoln was] 15 [hours]. That's child's play."

At the last minute, Kristen ended up needing a C-section, something that Dax didn't expect to have such an effect on him.

"I have a healthy baby so everything's great, but I had been warned by a lot of different gentlemen and even my own mother that said, 'You might not want to watch the baby come out,'" Dax said. "But what they didn't warn me about was the C-section, which was way worse. So there's a sheet and then they go, 'The baby's here' and then you peak around the sheet and they're lifting out the baby, but then you notice your wife is completely disassembled. I can see inside of her. I was like, 'It's a girl! Your liver's out, I think. And those are definitely your intestines.'"

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Dax went on to joke, "I would rather see a school bus drive out of her vagina."

This is the second child for the happy couple who welcomed Lincoln nearly two years ago and secretly wed in a low-key courthouse wedding on Oct. 17, 2013.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays.