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What Kim's and Kanye's Baby Name Means

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For months before—and days after—the birth of Kim Kardashian and Kayne West’s baby daughter, media speculation about what they’d name her went down dozens of different paths. Kaidence? Kai? Klementine Star? But in the end, there was only one direction we all should have been going in: North. The rapper and reality-show star announced earlier this week that their little girl, born last Saturday, would be named North West.

But the twosome wasn’t just trying to be clever or cute with their choice, People magazine reports, based on comments from proud grandma Kris Jenner. On Tuesday she made a guest appearance on the The View to promote her new talk show Kris, and took a minute to explain the meaning behind her new granddaughter’s name.

As The View’s hosts made gentle jokes about how Kim and Kanye could’ve named their baby Pan-Am instead, Kris stuck up for their choice. “I love the name North—I’m pro-North, absolutely,” she said. “The way [Kim] explained it to me was that North means highest power and she says that North is their highest point together. I thought that was very sweet.”

And anyway, she pointed out, the fact that the child’s full name is North West won’t be that much of an issue. “You don’t walk around calling somebody North West,” she explained. “You just [call them by their first name].”

Barbara Walters couldn’t resist having the last word. Before the klatsch segued to another topic, she added, “If they have other children, [Kanye and Kim could call them] South West [and] East West.”

Replied Kris: “That’s Barbara. She’s always thinking!”

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