Blake Lively reveals story behind daughter's name

Blake Lively has revealed why she gave her daughter a boy's name - it's all in the family.

The actress gave birth to her baby girl with husband Ryan Reynolds in December and the pair kept her name a secret for a few months. It finally emerged that they had called their daughter James.

"It's a family name, and I liked having a boy's name so I thought ... I would pass it on," Lively explained while appearing on Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday.

Blake Lively appearing on TV to promote her new film, <i>The Age of Adaline</i>.
Blake Lively appearing on TV to promote her new film, The Age of Adaline.  Photo: NBC

The Age of Adaline star said she thinks her daughter "looks like her daddy", joking, "I want a maternity test! I'm not sure about this kid."

What changes has she noticed since becoming a parent? The actress gestured at her chest and replied, "Well this, first of all, has changed."

She added that although her baby is only four months old, she's already paranoid about baby safety. "You see a balcony and you're like, 'Oh, my God! The hotel needs to demolish this balcony because my child can't go anywhere near it.' Everything is just so much more heightened. We're crying all the time for no reason." 

The 27-year-old also opened up about her own childhood, saying that her mother Elaine had a sometimes-haphazard attitude towards her schooling.  

"She would always take me out of school and take me to Disneyland, which is really ill advised ... I know, it was terrible! She was like, 'It's a landscaping lesson.'

"But it was really neat because to see people's imaginations like that, it did open your mind. I don't know, I'm trying to justify going to Disneyland!"

As for her own daughter, Lively said she doesn't want her daughter to feel limited in any way.

"If I could give her any advice it would just be don't let anybody tell you no. If something hasn't been done before, it doesn't mean it can't be done. You can be the first one, and I think that it's really empowering to see that."