Levi Johnston to name newest baby girl “Beretta,” after handgun

Levi Johnston, the former fiance of Bristol Palin, has announced he and his girlfriend plan to name his newest baby girl “Beretta,” after the Italian handgun. Johnston, an avid hunter, already has his daughter's name tattooed on his bicep.

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Levi Johnston, the former fiance of Bristol Palin, has announced he and his girlfriend plan to name his newest baby girl “Beretta,” after the Italian handgun. Johnston, shown here with the mother of his first child, already has his daughter's name tattooed on his bicep.

Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s granddaughter, is expecting a new child. And the name he and his girlfriend have picked out for the child is just as unconventional: Breeze Beretta, after the Italian handgun.

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Mr. Johnston, 21, and his five-and-a-half months pregnant girlfriend Sunny Oglesby, 20, went on celebrity news show “Inside Edition” to reveal the name of their expected daughter. In case viewers missed the connection, Johnston confirmed on air that the child’s name would be Beretta, “like the gun.”

The interview is set to air tonight.

Johnston, an avid hunter who lives in Wasilla, Alaska with Ms. Oglesby, showed “Inside Edition” hosts his new daughter-inspired ink as well, the word "Breeze" tattooed on his right bicep in anticipation of the birth.

Johnston is no stranger to interesting names. His first child with ex-fiancé Bristol Palin, is named Tripp.

Johnston, a fixture on the 2008 campaign trail as his then-future mother-in-law campaigned for the vice presidency, has taken a beating in the media for his allegedly being less than fatherly to the 3-yer-old boy.  According to ABC News, Ms. Palin, at one time his high school sweetheart, has publicly accused Johnston of failure to pay child support and being in general an absentee father.

But with his young girlfriend at his side, Johnston assured “Inside Edition” that he was planning to play a much bigger role in little Breeze’s life. ‘"I'm actually in love,” Johnston said, and “not doing it just because we had a kid together.”

Although Johnston is at most a C-list celebrity, his announcement now links him to the club of A-list celebrities who have given their offspring unique sobriquets.

Perhaps the most recent editions to the club are Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new daughter Blue Ivy. Jessica Simpson’s child Maxwell almost didn’t make the cut. Until it was revealed to be a girl. Pre-mastication poster mommy Alicia Silverstone also gets the nod for her son, Bear Blu, as does Mariah Carey and Nick Canon’s child Moroccan Scott.

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