- Anderson Cooper welcomed his first child, Wyatt Morgan, on Monday via surrogacy.
- The CNN anchor shared the news on the air on Thursday, and explained the significance of his baby’s name.
- Wyatt is for Cooper’s father, who died when the journalist was 10, and Morgan was a family name on his mother’s side.
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At the end of his news segment on Thursday, Cooper announced the birth of his son, and explained the significance behind the baby’s name. He chose “Wyatt” to honour his father, Wyatt Emory Cooper, a writer who died when Cooper was 10 years old.
“I hope I can be as good a dad as he was,” Cooper said.
The baby’s middle name honours Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who was a socialite, heiress, and fashion designer. While going through his parents’ things recently, Cooper found a list of baby names his mum and dad came up with 52 years ago when Vanderbilt was pregnant with Cooper.
Morgan, which was a family name on his mother’s side of the family, was one of the choices on that list, Cooper said.
Cooper, a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a shipping and railroad magnate, grew up in the public eye because of his family’s prominence.
After Cooper’s father died in 1978 while undergoing open heart surgery, he and his brother, Carter, began attending events with their mother.
Carter died by suicide in 1988. He was 21.
“They’re all gone, and it feels very lonely right now,” Cooper said last year after his mother’s death.
Cooper said on Thursday that the birth of his son has brought him comfort and a renewed connection to his family.
“I do wish my mum and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him,” Cooper said. “I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.”
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