Scarlett Johansson says she named her son Cosmo after throwing “a bunch of letters together.”
The 37-year-old actress and her husband Colin Jost, 40, told Entertainment Tonight on Monday (26.09.22) that they thought the naming technique led to a “catchy” moniker that was met with the approval of all of their friends — but not his mother. -in-laws.
She said: “We just threw a bunch of letters together. I really thought it was catchy and our friends liked it.
Admitting that her mother-in-law didn’t like the name that much, she said: “Colin’s mom had a bit of a hard time with it.
“She kept suggesting other versions of it for a while. I was like, ‘He’s already here. He’s out. Like, that time has passed.'”
Scarlett and Colin, who married in 2020, announced the arrival of their son in April 2021.
Colin has also described how his mother “didn’t quite understand” his choice for her son’s name.
She said: “After three or four days, she’ll be like ‘Cosmo’? Is it final? Did you submit the birth certificate?’
“We were like, ‘Oh yeah, we did that in the hospital’. He’s like, ‘Okay. Interesting. Because I was reading there’s a name Cosimo with an ‘I.’ So that’s also an option. Maybe. Maybe you can call him Cosimo, that’s his real name, and then you can still call him Cosmo?'”
The comic said that his mother gave him the name only after consulting others.
He said: “She lives in Staten Island. Eventually she started meeting various members of the Italian community, who have a lot of Cosmo relatives.
“And so she’d call and she’d say, ‘I met someone. They said their uncle’s name is Cosmo, so it’s okay’.
“Then she goes, ‘There’s also a patron saint named Cosmos, so that’s another option.
But he said he told her “we don’t need more options (or) worse variants on Cosmo!, thank you, mom”.