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The Secret Origin of Will Smith’s Children’ Names

It’soneof those things that has been staring you in the face the whole time, and once it has been pointed out to you, you won’t be able to believe that you missed it.

Why did Will Smith – soon to be seen in the long-awaited third installment of the Bad Boys movie trilogy – and Jada Pinkett Smith pick those particular names for their kids?

20-year-old Jaden Christopher Syre Smith and his 18-year-old sister Willow Camille Reign Smith have got memorable enough names, for sure, but what are those names’ origins?

Put simply, they’re named after their parents – but each name is gender-flipped making it slightly less obvious.

Wilow is named after Will, and Jaden is named after Jada. It’s obvious, once you see it written down.

And, for bonus ‘mind blown’ potential, Will’s name is not William. It’s Willard.

And so is the name of his oldest son, the less-often mentioned Willard Carroll “Trey” Smith III, who was born when Will was still married to actress Sheree Zampino.

So now you know. Use that information wisely.

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