Bristol Palin Welcomes Son Tripp

Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth to her first child on Sunday, a healthy 7 lb., 4 oz., baby boy – Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. The baby was born in in Palmer, Alaska.

“We think it’s wonderful,” said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother Sally Heath, who confirmed the news. “The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.”

Baby Tripp takes his surname from his dad, Levi Johnston, an apprentice electrician and former Wasilla High School hockey player who has been dating Bristol for three years.

Bristol Palin is currently residing in Wasilla and completing her high-school diploma through correspondence courses. Johnston is studying to become an electrician. He told the Associated Press in October that he and fiancée Bristol plan to wed in 2009 and raise the child together.

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  • Lala

    What the heck kind of name is Tripp? although its along the same lines as Track and Trig. And I thought her future hubby was a highschool dropout? Here they only mention he is an “apprentice electrician”.

  • Amy

    LaLa, Who cares if he is a highschool dropout? OBVIOUSLY,he is trying to make something of himself and become an electician.

  • Jen

    I don’t understand this trend of women giving their children the father’s name when they’re not legally married. If a guy knocked me up and wouldn’t marry me for whatever reason, then he loses the privilege of passing on his name to the next generation. It goes back to why would they buy the cow if they can get all the milk for free. If a guy can have a child with a woman, not marry her, and still have the child bear his name, then why the heck would he ever want to make it legal?

  • ivy

    the child is still his whether or not he married the mother. what should she do, give the baby her last name then have to go through all the trouble of changing it when (if) they get married? people shouldnt get married just because they got pregnant, they should get married because they want to and when they want to.

  • Jen

    The mother does not have to be married to give the child the father’s last name. There are other circumstances other than the father not wanting to put a ring on the mother’s finger and making an “honest woman” out of her. Some women do not WANT to get married and are content with living with their partner.
    Though, obviously, in this case, they plan on getting married and what is the point in changing the baby’s name later? It’s silly.

    If it were a case of the father “knocking” the woman up and refusing to marry her, it takes two to tango and the guy is not entirely to blame for the pregnancy… but the woman DOES have the right to give her child her last name at birth BUT the father can take her to court and have it changed later. All it takes is a paternity test proving that he is the father and it is unlikely that a judge will deny him that right.

  • Kate

    I dont think anyone who would suggest naming a child your maiden name, then changing it later if/when you get married has ever gone through a name change. Its not like when you get married. you have to have a reason/go to court. etc.

  • Sherry

    Congratulatins to this sweet family! After the babies born to celebs in 2008 with ‘unusual’ names, Tripp fits right in!

  • Laura

    Congrats to the family!
    But really, Tripp? Ugh!

  • SiaFan

    Well Tripp matches his brother Trigs name nicely

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