Kane Brown Shares Inspiration for Newborn Daughter’s Name

Here's how the Brown family landed on 'Kodi Jane.'

Written by Chris Parton
Kane Brown Shares Inspiration for Newborn Daughter’s Name
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 09: Katelyn Brown and Kane Brown attend the 2021 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 09, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT)

Country star Kane Brown welcomed a new daughter to the world in late 2021, when Kodi Jane made a rather dramatic entrance at the end of December.

Brown and wife Kateyln successfully kept the entire pregnancy private until Kodi arrived, allowing the couple to enjoy the miracle on their own terms. But now there are no more secrets.

Speaking with Audacy’s Katie Neal for a recent episode of the Superstar Power Hour, Brown even shared the inspiration behind Kodi Jane’s name.

“We were of course trying to think of a ‘K’ [name], and when we had Kingsley, the whole time we were thinking the next baby we would name ‘Knight,'” Brown explained. “We were hoping it was gonna be a boy at first, and then we found out it was gonna be a girl and it was like ‘We could still name her Knight.’

“It was me and like nine other people on the back porch at the gender reveal, and I just was like ‘What about Kodi? Like K-O-D-I?'” Brown continued. “Everybody was trying to decide if we were gonna go ‘Y,’ or ‘I-E,’ or whatever. And then ‘Jane’ is Kate’s grandmother’s middle name. So Kingsley has Kate’s middle name and her other grandma’s middle name, and then this is her other grandma’s middle name.”

Brown also explained how they were able to keep the pregancy under wraps for so long, saying he and Katelyn had to be incredibly vigilant about what they posted on social media. They knew eagle-eyed fans would find any clue left in view, and had to watch every video they posted “like 30 times.” But now that the word’s out, he’s happy to say he loves being a girl-dad twice as much — and Kingsley is even helping out.

“She knew there was a baby there,” Brown said of Kingsley’s reaction when Kodi came home. “I don’t know if she knew it was there to stay. But now if [Kodi] makes any type of noise [Kingsley’s] like, ‘baby!’ Then she either makes you go check it out or she goes to check it out.”

Meanwhile, superstar on the rise has plenty to be grateful for on the career front as well. His Blessed & Free Tour of NBA arenas has been a huge success, with Brown saying he’s become a more confident performer on those big stages, and his latest single just hit Number One.

“One Mississippi” marks the Chattanooga-native’s seventh country radio chart topper, and he’ll follow up Friday with “Leave You Alone.” Brown will also perform that new track on the 57th annual ACM Awards, which take place Monday (March 7) on Amazon’s Prime Video.