What’s in a name? Hoda Kotb reveals the meaning behind her new daughter’s name

When Hoda Kotb suprised the world this morning with news that she had adopted a newborn baby girl, fans near and far erupted with applause and celebration. To break the amazing announcement to her co-workers and family at TODAY, Hoda called in and shared a picture of herself cradling the sweet newborn in her arms.

The baby girl, born on Valentine’s Day, is named Haley Joy, and is “the love of my life,” Kotb said through tears.

A short time later, Hoda called back in to the show and shared more details about her new daughter with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager, including the story behind her daughter’s name.

“Haley is because of Halley’s Comet and it was one of those things that I just picture her sailing through the sky,” Kotb said.

And in keeping with tradition, H names are a popular alliteration in the Kotb family. Hoda’s sister is Hala, and her neice is Hannah, for example.

The middle name was chosen because of the girl’s sweet disposition, and for what she brings to Hoda and the family.

“She brings us joy,” Kotb said. “She’s got a beautiful way about her.”

So, what’s in a name? Haley has an English derivation and, in its authentic form, denotes…