logo

Hoda Kotb Reveals the Meaning behind Her Recently Adopted Second Daughter Hope Catherine's Name

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 17, 2019
03:24 P.M.

On Tuesday, co-anchor Hoda Kotb called into the “Today” show to announce that she’d adopted a second child. She revealed to her colleagues and audience that the baby girl was named Hope Catherine.

Advertisement

However, the chosen names have more meaning than what could be imagined.

Hoda Kotb, 54, and boyfriend Joel Schiffman are now a family of four with their second daughter Hope Catherine Kotb, 2-months-old. The little girl is now the younger sister of, Haley Joy Kotb, 2, who joined the family just over two years ago.

Advertisement

Before Kotb announced her latest addition, she took to Instagram and posted a cloudy image written: "Choose Hope." That was her way of revealing the name she and her boyfriend had chosen for their bundle of joy.

"'Hope' is in my journal about 10 million times."

The co-anchor called in again on the fourth hour of the “Today Show with Hoda and Jenna” to speak to Jenna Hager Bush and Savannah Guthrie to explain the significant meanings behind Hope Catherine’s names. The name “Hope” came from Kotb's hope for a second child.

The second name honored the co-host’s best friend, news anchor Karen Swensen's, daughter. Kotb explained: "The name came because I think there are a lot of women out there who are hoping their day is coming too, you know?"

Advertisement

She continued: "... I know the feeling of it not happening for a long time and I feel like sometimes if it's meant to happen, it will. They told me, at the adoption agency, to wait wisely. They said, 'Don't count the days, don't wonder.'"

Kotb emotionally explained further:

"... We had already thought of a name, Joel and I had, and 'hope' is in my journal about 10 million times when I was writing for her. Catherine is my best friend's daughter's name."

Advertisement

She continued:

"It just so happens this weekend when [Hope] was born, it was also John's birthday, my best friend's husband who passed, and they said that they promised him that they would come to New York and go to Yankee Stadium to a baseball game for him on his birthday in heaven.”

The co-anchor concluded:

“And so it was a very emotional time for all of us and I said to Catherine, 'You're the strongest kid I know.' So I wanted to name her after Catherine."

Kotb is so close to both Karen and Catherine that she even brought them along to an event for “The Hollywood Reporter” earlier this month. Swensen took to social media and gushed over the experience calling it "super fun."

Advertisement

Guthrie expanded on what the name meant for Kotb saying:

"It speaks to everything that Hoda is and everything that she has been working for. And this day has been in her heart for such a long time and now it's here. She's got her little baby girl. Her family of four is complete."

During her first call to the “Today” show, Kotb shared with her colleagues how Haley was adjusting to having a younger sister. The co-host shared: "This morning at breakfast, [Haley] was trying to feed [Hope] her raspberries, and I was like, 'Not yet, babe.'''

She also shared how the older child "was literally marching around saying, 'I'm a big sister!''' Little Haley even slept under Hope's bassinet at one point.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Related posts

My Girlfriend Told Me That My Daughter Died, Later I Found out She Was Lying – Story of the Day

April 04, 2024

'She Lost Weight': Valerie Bertinelli, 64, Ignites Ozempic Speculations after Showing up in Video with New Boyfriend

June 12, 2024

"I Had to Hide": Celine Dion Reveals Truth about Her Health Struggles in Exclusive Interview

June 27, 2024

'Very Painful': Heartbreaking Story of Céline Dion's Disease & Snaps That Are 'Hard to Watch'

June 28, 2024

'The Dukes of Hazzard's Catherine Bach Raised 2 Kids after Her Husband Died – Meet Her Grown-up Children

May 30, 2024

I Saw a Billboard about Adoption Featuring My Photo — When I Asked My Mom, I Didn’t Expect Her Answer

March 13, 2024

Why Did Caitlin Clark's WNBA Salary Cause Outrage Among Fans?

April 19, 2024

Old Lady Thinks Her Husband Died in Fire, Years Later She Accidentally Sees Him with Young Woman — Story of the Day

May 12, 2024

Princess Catherine’s New Title, Valerie Bertinelli’s New Man, Tammy Slaton’s New Body & 5 More Top News of the Week

April 26, 2024

7 Famous Kids from the '80s Who Are Now Parents Themselves – Photos

May 17, 2024

This Woman Was Not Allowed to Visit Sick Star Dad & Was Banned from His Funeral by Stepmom

June 05, 2024

5 Viral News This Week: Valerie Bertinelli & Boyfriend Criticized, Oprah's Health Scare, Katie Holme's Topless Shoot, & More

June 14, 2024

These Boys Are a Gay TV Star's Kids via Surrogacy - The Star & His Ex Still Live together after Break Up

April 25, 2024

20 Years after She Gave up Newborn Son for Adoption, Woman Receives Email from His Adoptive Dad – Story of the Day

March 06, 2024