Birdie and Kip


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Clover Maisie and Remy Joy
Rory Todd and Willow Clare

Amalia Anndie (Caden)
Annabelle Marilyn (Caitlyn, Tyler, Mikayla)
Avah Skye Debe (Clarissa, Danica)
Billie (Milay-May)
Birdie Beatrix
Charlotte Evelyn Rose
Edith Eliza (Sophie, Annabelle)
Elizabeth Chelvarani
Eriana Jocel
Frances Violet
Gabriela Sheila (Melania)
Hannah Susan Grace
Harlow (London)
Ivy Charlotte (Ned)
Josephine Isobel
Lainey Anne
Neave Olive
Nellie Elizabeth (Pippa)
Phoebe Kaye (Jaynie, Seb, Ella)
Zara Analise

Archie Flynn (Ruby, Lilly)
Blesses (Ever)
Eli Callan
Freddy Patrick
Heath Corey
Henry Ren
Hunter Glen
Jacob John William (Pip)
Jaxson Zander (Thomas, Tygah)
Jimmy Neale
Kip Alexander (Peggy)
Lachlan Charles Graham (Tristan, Ethan)
Leo Casper
Lexon Reave (Makai)
Oscar George
Rafferty James
Reed Maxwell David
Samuel Emidio (James)
Thomas Eldridge
Wade Trevor

(Picture shows pelicans sleeping on wooden posts in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast; photo from Just Me and My Shadow)

Thursday Throwback: Boys Names From Video Games


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This post was first published on April 17 2011, and heavily edited on April 23 2015.

Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad is the protagonist of the first game in the Assassin’s Creedseries. Born in the Holy Land in 1165 to an Arabic Muslim father and Italian Christian mother, he joins the medieval secret society of the Assassins. Due to his superior abilities, he quickly gains the title of Master Assassin, but Altaïr becomes overconfident and arrogant, and must be taken down a peg or two. He goes on to have further adventures in later games. Mysteriously cloaked and hooded, he is dark, rather handsome, and has an intense expression. Altair is Arabic for “the flying eagle”, and it is the name of the brightest star in the Aquila constellation. It is pronounced al-TAH-yir, but English-speakers will probably prefer al-TARE instead, and this pronunciation is accepted by astronomers as equally correct. Not only an extremely popular name for people and places in video games, Altair is commonly used to name aeroplanes and rockets too, adding to its flighty, space-age image.

Ash Ketchum is the main protagonist of the Pokémon (“Pocket Monsters”) series; a ten-year old boy with shaggy dark hair covered by a baseball cap, brown eyes, and a snub nose. A true Pokémon obsessive, he always has a fanatical look in his eyes. He has no other interests apart from Pokémon, and only makes friends with children and adults who share his hobby. His original Japanese name was Satoshi (“clear-thinking, wise”), after creator Satoshi Tajiri. The character is based on Tajiri’s memories of himself as a child, when he was a keen insect collector. The English name Ash was taken from one of the possible default names that can be chosen in the original Pokémon game. Ash can be short for names such as Ashley, Asher, or Ashton, a vocabulary name for the residue of something burned, or a nature name after the ash tree. As the Professors in the Pokémon universe all have tree names (Oak, Juniper, Rowan etc), I think the game-makers probably had the last option in mind. This is a simple, attractive nature name, and although it is technically unisex, I have only seen it on boys so far.

Kain is an arrogant nobleman who becomes a vampire lord in the Legacy of Kain series, an anti-hero who is morally ambivalent at best, yet provides his world’s only hope. There has been a trend in popular culture to present male vampires as romantically desirable, but Kain is not a pretty-boy vamp, but the stuff of nightmares, and not suitable for taking to senior prom. Kain is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Cain, which is used in the Greek version of the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, Cain was a son of Adam and Eve, and committed the first murder by killing his brother Abel in a fit of furious jealousy. This theme also plays a role in the Legacy of Kain story. In the Bible the name Cain is interpreted as “begotten, acquired”, but modern etymologists think it is most likely from an ancient South Arabian word for “metalsmith”. In the Bible, Cain is said to have been the ancestor of a nation who became the first metalworkers, so that does mesh with the Biblical narrative. Although Cain is a controversial character, this name fits in so well with current name trends that it has had reasonable use over the years: a big help is that it’s a homophone of Kane, the Anglicised form of Irish Cathan, meaning “battle”. Famous Australian namesakes include fantasy writer Kain Massin, and actor Kain O’Keefe.

Link is the hero of The Legend of Zelda game series [pictured]. Usually he is young with fair hair and blue eyes, and he is always dressed in green tights and tunic, and has pointed ears. Link is humble, polite and brave, as befits a true hero, and is possessed with a burning sense of justice. He travels through the land, defeating creatures, evil forces, and baddies in order to save Princess Zelda and her kingdom. Despite having minimal facial expression and speaking mostly in grunts, Link is one of the most popular video game characters of all time. Creator Shigeru Miyamato wanted to call him Chris or Christo after his godfather, but this was changed by Nintendo (I wonder if it seemed too Messianic for them?). Instead Link was chosen, because the character is the player’s link to the world of the video game. You might also think of a baby Link as being the link that brings your family together. The name Link doesn’t seem that unusual, because it is already used as a short form of Lincoln.

In the Maximo duology, Maximo is a gallant knight who goes out into the world leaving his castle and kingdom in the care of a trusted friend. Unfortunately, little does he know that his pal is, in fact, an evil super-villain. While Maximo tools around in blissful ignorance, this dastardly creep takes over Maximo’s kingdom, and forces Maximo’s girlfriend, Princess Sophia, into marriage with him. Maximo returns home to find his kingdom and his life in ruins. It’s a completely awful day for him, but rather than sit at home crying and eating chocolate, he bravely goes in search of his lost love.
Maximo is the Spanish form of the Roman family name Maximus, from the Latin for “greatest”. Although the Spanish pronunciation is MAHK-see-mo, I’m guessing most English-speakers would say it MAKS-uh-mo, and use the popular Max as a nickname. A Spanish heritage choice that puts a cool spin on fashionable Maximus.

Raiden is a thunder god in the Mortal Kombat series, an immortal with many supernatural abilities, and a distinctly hands-on approach. He looks like an enormous, muscular man with eyes filled with lightning and long iron-grey hair. Raiden is a variant of Raijin, the name for the god of thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and Japanese mythology. His name means “thunder god”. He is a popular folk figure who appears in many stories, and his name has been used in several other Japanese video games. The name is pronounced RAH-ee-den, but in English, is meant to be said RY-den. However, the temptation to pronounce it RAY-den, to fit in with the trend for Aiden,Braden, Caden and Hayden type names, is often too strong to resist. I have seen this name used quite a bit on boys in Australia, and mostly their parents have gone with the RAY-den pronunciation.

Ryu is the lead character of the Street Fighter series, and an enormously strong Japanese martial artist. Powerful and uber-masculine with huge muscles, his karate outfit is casually tattered. During the game series, it turns out that Ryu has a touch of evil in his psychological make-up which can be exploited by the bad guys. However, Ryu is mentally strong enough to fight off their brainwashing attempts. What a trouper. Naturally he is far too butch to hang out with girls or anything wet like that, but he does have a rather super chum called Ken. Ryu is Japanese for “dragon”, and it is also a suffix to denote a particular school of thought, usually used for martial arts. It’s a popular name in Japanese video games. Ryu is difficult for English-speakers to pronounce correctly. It’s said as one-syllable – RYOO. I have seen this name used on several Australian boys in honour of the game character, but they have either been called RY-oo or ROO (like a kangaroo). This does fit in with familiar names such as Ryan and Reuben.

Snow Villiers is the leader of an anti-government rebel group in Final Fantasy XIII who gets engaged to a cute pink-haired girl. Their wedding plans are put on ice once his fiancée is turned into a block of crystal. He has to save the world and his sweetheart, while trying to convince his future sister-in-law he’s a decent bloke. Snow is a Nordic giant – 6 foot 7 with a powerful physique, fair skin, pale blond hair, blue eyes, and a light stubble beard. Despite his wintry appearance, he is warm-hearted, fiery-tempered, and optimistic. In the game, the name Snow denotes the character’s affinity for water and ice spells. Snow is a nature name and surname in use as a personal name since the 16th century, and is one of those rare names that has been almost equally given to boys and girls over time. Names connected with the winter and cold are currently on trend, and this one works for both sexes, and as either a first or middle name. It’s a hip alternative to fashionable Winter, but a possible drawback is that it is also a slang term for cocaine.

In Fable II, Sparrow is a poor orphan child who finds out they are descended from a heroic line. Sparrow can be played as either a male or female character, so the name is deliberately unisex. The name Sparrow is after the small brown bird, one of the most familiar birds in the world. Sparrows are often used to denote something common, or of low value, and they are the emblem of the London Cockneys. The New Testament tells us that God cares even for the worthless sparrow, so we know the most insignificant person is valued and worthy of divine love, and Saint Francis preached sermons to these birds. According to the ancient Greeks, sparrows were sacred to the goddess Aphrodite and a symbol of enduring love, while in Christian legend, the sparrow was the only bird who witnessed the Crucifixion. Sparrow has been used as a name since the 17th century, and is historically more common for boys; Pirates of the Caribbean has given it a swashbuckling air. It became a celebrity baby name when Nicole Richie and Joel Madden had a son called Sparrow in 2009. A humble name that’s on trend, and has more behind it than at first glance.

In Mass Effect 2, Thane Krios is a member of an alien species which is humanoid with reptilian features. An expert assassin dying of an incurable lung disease, he joins an apparent suicide mission to give purpose to what’s left of his life and atone for all the murder he’s committed. Despite his chosen profession, he is a deeply spiritual man following a polytheistic religion. The name Thane is an Anglo-Saxon title of nobility, and is from the Old Englishthegn meaning “servant, retainer”. A thane was an attendant to a king or noble lord who had military duties as part of their service (similar to a knight). In medieval Scotland it was the name for a hereditary tenant of the Crown; Macbeth held this title in Shakespeare’s play. The name has been used since the 16th century, and a famous namesake is English actor and dancer Thane Bettany, father-in-law to Jennifer Connolly, and step-uncle to Sophie Rhys-Jones, the wife of Prince Edward. This is one of those rare names that have a strong history, and don’t sound strange, being similar to familiar names like Dane and Zane.

Name News: Bagging Out Bad Baby Names, Baby Boomers Bite the Dust, and Branding Your Baby


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Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington’s son Rocket Zot recently got his name hammered in the press. Celebrity mum Chrissie Swan wouldn’t have approved of that, because she believes that nobody deserves to have their baby name rubbished. She had her children’s’ names, Kit and Peggy, criticised, so she knows how horrible it feels. However, even Chrissie draws the line somewhere, and for her it is demonic names. I’ve noticed nobody seems able to say, “All baby names are great”; everyone has a clause in fine print that says, “Except for these obviously terrible names that nobody in their right mind would consider”.

However, while Alissa Warren from Mamamia agrees that bagging out someone’s baby name after the baby is born is not on, she thinks it’s fine to do it before the baby is born (as a warning, I guess). Chrissie would not be on board with that, because her son’s name was called “a nothing name” before his birth, which has damaged her relationship with the friend who shared this pre-natal opinion. Lots of comments on the article, with nearly all of them saying that you can’t be rude about someone’s baby name before the baby is born either, or even if the name hasn’t been decided yet.

They weren’t quite criticised, but certain rare names chosen by Australian parents at Baby Center this year were mentioned on Scoopla. Boys names included Anthem, Basil, Denim, Falcon, Finnick, Guru, Judge, Patch, Ranger, Tiger, Viggo, Zealand, and Zeppelin, while unusual names for girls were Agape, Chia, Elowen, Holiday, Hyacinth, Lark, Neo, Nivea, Posey, Sparrow, Tempest, and Violina. Members voted Moody for boys and Yolo for girls (an acronym for You Only Live Once) as the most unusual names they had heard of.

Of course, people are always fiddling the numbers to “prove” how rare or how common a name is, sometimes with unconvincing results. The Daily Telegraph looked through the data, and found that names like Arya are more often used than “common” Australian names like Kylie and Sharon. Sharon is a common name for women in their fifties – not at all common for newborn babies. Surely no one is surprised to hear there are more new babies named Arya than Sharon?

Same with this article on baby boomer names which are supposedly “dying out”. There’s not many Bruces around, but the numbers have remained pretty stable for the past 15 years, which doesn’t spell death to me. Neil is holding its own, and Ian is a classic which is still in the 200s – not even close to needing palliative care. Sandra hasn’t disappeared from the charts just yet, and classic Helen has been stable for a decade and may even be on the rise. The article is quite right though that even the “dead” names could very well come back one day – one day people will be naming their babies after Great-Grandmother Judith, the same way Elsie and Ruby have been rediscovered.

If you yearn for your own unique baby name, and are dismayed to find that Finnick and Elowen aren’t as one-off as you’d hoped, a Swiss company will custom design you one, for a measly $40 000. They have 14 naming experts, 4 historians, 12 translators, and two trademark attorneys who will work for 100 hours to create a baby name list for you. All elements of the name will have a positive meaning, and they often combine words in a new order, or use vocabulary words that haven’t been used as names before. The trouble is that the company is called Erfolgswelle (it means “wave of success” in German), which doesn’t inspire confidence in their naming abilities.

You can also go the cheapie option, and crowd source your baby name, like north-coast NSW inventor Cedar and his partner Kylie did. Their baby came early, and he was a boy when they were expecting a girl, so they didn’t have any baby names planned. Cedar and his dad had already used crowd funding for their innovative bee hive, so naturally saw crowd sourcing the baby name as an extension. So far, the most popular baby name is Buzz.

And why does your baby need a unique baby name? So they can start building their personal brand, for we are assured that in the future there will be no such things as a CV, and employers will instead be making hiring decisions based on your personal website (preferably with its own .com) and social media strategies. Already nine year-old surfer Winter Vincent has his own Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo, and has attracted sponsors through his charity work and his “amazing name”. And Millie-Belle Diamond is only 14-months old but already earns up to $250 a post on Instagram flogging teeny-size fashion brands. Don’t Winter Vincent and Millie-Belle Diamond already sound like brand names? And they didn’t cost $40 000 or require a crowd to pitch in, so if you want an amazing name to brand your baby, you can do it yourself quite successfully.

(Photo of Millie-Belle Diamond from Instagram)

Celebrity Baby News: NRL Babies


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Jason Clark, and his wife Lauren, welcomed their daughter Andi on April 15, a sister for Milla [pictured]. Jason has been playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs since 2009, and is an ambassador for the government’s Australian Apprenticeships scheme as a qualified carpenter.

George Rose, and his partner Shana Barney, recently welcomed their first child, and have named their son George after his father. It’s a family tradition, because George Rose senior is George Rose III, sharing his name with both his dad and grandfather. This season, George aptly signed with the St George Illawarra Dragons, and he joins team mate Mike Cooper in naming his son George. George has also been chosen for the Indigenous All Stars and an Indigenous Dreamtime team which played the New Zealand Maoris at the 2008 World Cup, as well as the Prime Ministers XIII. Shana is an Indigenous Australian model.

Brett Morris, and his partner Kate Milliken, recently welcomed their daughter Ellie, a sister for Emily, aged 3 and a half; Emily’s birth was featured on the blog. Brett plays for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, alongside his twin brother Josh.

Sam Thaiday, and his wife Rachel, recently welcomed their daughter Elsie, a sister for Gracie, aged 2; Gracie’s birth was featured on the blog. Sam plays for the Brisbane Broncos.

(George, Ellie, and Elsie’s births were announced on various sporting programs on TV).

Celebrity Baby News: Emma Lung and Henry Zalapa



Actress Emma Lung, and her husband Henry Zalapa, welcomed their first child on Easter Sunday, April 5, and have named their son Marlowe.

Emma was in the short-lived drama series Cooks, and had her breakthrough role in the film Peaches, before starring in 48 Shades, Triangle, Cradlewood, and Crave. Emma was in an episode of American drama series Entourage, and currently in the Channel 10 drama, Wonderland.

Henry is a film director; he has made two short films, Submerged, and Deserted. Henry and Emma were married in Mexico in 2013.

Celebrity Baby News: Olympian Babies




Athlete Jana Pittman recently welcomed her daughter Emily, a sister for Cornelis, aged 7; Cornelis is the son of Jana’s former husband, English athlete Chris Rawlinson. Emily was conceived via IVF using donor sperm. Jana had had two miscarriages, and had been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition of the cervix, so felt that this might be her only chance to give Cornelis a sibling – he chose the name Cora for his sister’s name, because it’s similar to his own.

Jana is a two-time world champion in the 400 metre hurdles, has won multiple gold medals at Commonwealth games, and is one of only nine atheletes to have won world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She also competed in the bobsleigh event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, making her the first Australian female athlete to have competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympic games. Jana is currently training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Ski-ier Lydia Lassila, and her husband, retired Finnish ski champ Lauri Lassila, welcomed their son Alek in February, a brother for Kai, who is nearly 4 [pictured]. They chose the name Alek because when he was born, his hands were so tightly clenched that the midwife could not uncurl them, so they wanted a name denoting strength, and “defender of men” seemed strong; they also wanted a name which worked in both English and Finnish. Lydia won gold in freestyle ski-ing at the 2010 Olympics, and bronze at the 2014 Olympics.


Waltzing With … Rosemary


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It will be Anzac Day this weekend, the centenary of the first Anzac landing at Gallipoli on April 25 1915. As well as services all over Australia and New Zealand, there will also be Anzac Day ceremonies in Turkey, and at Villers-Brettoneux in northern France.

The rosemary plant has long been connected with Anzac Day ceremonies, and it is traditional to wear a sprig in your coat lapel, pinned to your breast, or held in place by war medals. They are often sold by Legacy and the RSL. It is not known when this tradition first started, but it may date back to the very first Anzac Day commemoration in 1916.

According to the ancient Greeks, who drew on the work of Arabic physicians, rosemary improved the memory (students would wear it in their hair during exams), so it became associated with remembrance. Rosemary was thrown into graves or sprigs worn by mourners as a sign the departed person would never be forgotten (and to ward off the smell), and it’s famously referenced in Ophelia’s speech in Shakepeare’s Hamlet, where she says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance”.

Interestingly, rosemary’s connection with memory is more than mere superstition, because modern science has found that inhaling rosemary oil does significantly enhance memory, and that even small doses of rosemary improve cognitive function in the elderly.

While the connection with rosemary and remembrance for the dead is one that goes back thousands of years, it takes on a particular significance for Anzac Day, because rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The scent of rosemary, whether it is pinned to your clothes, planted in a garden as a memorial, or sprinkled over a traditional Anzac Day lamb roast, is the perfect mark of remembrance and commemoration.

Lest we forget.

Name Information
Rosemary can be seen as a combination of the names Rose and Mary, or as a reference to the aromatic herb. The plant rosemary has nothing to do with roses, because its name comes from the Latin ros marinus, meaning “dew of the sea”. This is because it grows naturally in dry coastal Mediterranean climates.

According to legend, Aphrodite was draped in rosemary as she rose from the sea foam. Perhaps because of this, and the association with everlasting memory and fidelity, rosemary was associated with love in the Middle Ages, and it was traditional for brides to wear rosemary wreaths, and for guests to wear a sprig of rosemary at a wedding – even now it’s said that a bit of rosemary in the wedding bouquet brings the bride good luck.

There are many love superstitions involving rosemary in folklore, including the charming one that a newly married couple should plant a rosemary branch in their garden together: if the branch takes root and flourishes, it is a good omen for their wedded life.

There are Christian legends about rosemary too. One tells how the flowers of the rosemary plant were originally white; the Virgin Mary spread her blue cloak on the bush while she rested, and when she removed it, the flowers had miraculously turned blue as a reward for their humble service. Another legend says that she placed the linen from the baby Jesus to dry on the bush, and ever after the plant carried a fresh aroma, while a legend from Spain says that the Virgin Mary sheltered beneath a rosemary plant during the escape to Egypt. It is sometimes called Mary’s rose because of these stories.

Rosemary was one of the plants associated with Christmas. Being an evergreen plant, it was suitable for winter time decorations, and rosemary has a habit of being able to flower even in cold weather. Christmas hot wines and ales were sometimes flavoured with rosemary, which was considered salubrious as well as festive. Rosemary was also a popular New Year’s gift in times past.

Whether it was because of the connection to the Virgin Mary, or because rosemary has such a strong, healthy odour, it was also seen as a protective plant: according to folklore, by planting rosemary in the garden you were safe from witches, although in Sicily they say fairies will live in rosemary. It is said that rosemary will not grow in the garden of an evil person.

With such strong connections to female power, the superstition developed that if rosemary thrived in a garden, it was a sign that the wife of the house was the boss! As rosemary is hardy and easy to grow, you would need to be a very bad gardener for your rosemary to do poorly, but my husband still likes to teasingly point out our healthy rosemary plants as a sign of who rules the home. He’s only joking, but in the past, some men would rip the rosemary from the kitchen garden in an effort to control their wives.

Rosemary’s history is connected to royalty, because according to tradition, it was introduced to England in the 14th century by Joan of Valois, Countess of Hainault. She sent cuttings of it to her daughter, Queen Phillipa, the wife of Edward III, along with instructions on how to grow it, and information on its many benefits. Rosemary was probably brought by the Romans many centuries before, but Queen Phillipa may have re-introduced it, or at least given it a solid royal seal of approval.

Although Rosemary was used as a personal name as early as the 17th century, it didn’t become common until the 19th, when flower and plant names were fashionable. It seems to have been a particular favourite with Catholic families, no doubt in reference to the Virgin Mary.

Famous Rosemarys include Princess Rosemary of Salm-Salm, cabaret singer Rosemary Clooney, actress Rosemary Harris, and children’s author Rosemary Sutcliffe. Famous Australian Rosemarys include poet Rosemary Dobson, gardener Rosemary “Bea” Bligh, human rights activist Rosemary Gillespie, director Rosemary Blight (The Sapphires), nutritionist Rosemary Stanton, and paralympian Rosemary Little.

Rosemary first entered the charts in the 1920s, when it debuted at #220 – it may have been a celebrity baby name, for the tragic Rose Marie, called “Rosemary”, had recently been born to prominent Boston businessman Joseph P. Kennedy. By the following decade it was already in the Top 100. It peaked in the 1950s at #60, when Rosemary Clooney’s career began, and left the Top 100 by the 1970s (it went down rapidly after horror movie Rosemary’s Baby, and real life horror story Rosemary West).

After this, it sunk in popularity until the late 2000s, when it recovered slightly, and is now around the 400s. At present, it appears to be fairly stable. In the US, Rosemary has been almost continually in the Top 1000, and is now in the 500s and rising, while in the UK it has been steadily falling, and is now in the 700s.

Rosemary is a modern classic with a vintage vibe, and US data suggests it may become one of the 1950s names which becomes fashionable in the future. You may think of it as a name to honour a Rose and a Mary simultaneously, or even as a name suitable for a baby girl born around Anzac Day.

It doesn’t really have a sweet old-fashioned feel, for the herb rosemary gives it a tang. Its connection to weddings and Christmas helps it feel festive, while its association with mourning and funerals adds depth.

Rosemary is strong, clear-minded, clean, and healthy – as fresh as a sea breeze, as lusty as a goddess rising from the waves, as pretty as a bride, as practical as a housewife, as dignified as a queen, as dear as memory, and as solemn as the grave made sweet by her scent.

(Photo of rosemary at Anzac Cove from Friends of Gallipoli)

Celebrity Baby News: Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen


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Actress Isla Fisher, and her husband Sacha Baron Cohen, reportedly welcomed their third child on March 17, with their son’s name on the birth certificate given as Montgomery Moses Brian. Brian seems to be in honour of Isla’s father, Brian Fisher. Montgomery joins big sisters Olive, aged 7, and Eulula, aged 4.

Isla was born in Oman to Scottish parents, and after an early childhood in Scotland, moved to Australia at the age of six. Her acting career began in TV commercials at the age of nine, and continued with roles on children’s television programs such as Paradise Beach. She was a regular on Home and Away for three years, before attending a drama school in Paris, and taking on roles in theatre. Early films roles included parts in a German horror movie The Pool, Scooby-Doo, and Australian film The Wannabees. Her breakthrough Hollywood role was in The Wedding Crashers, and she has appeared in Wedding Daze, Definitely, Maybe, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Bachelorette, and The Great Gatsby, as well as several episodes of Arrested Development. Isla published two YA novels as a teenager, and has also co-written film scripts. After converting to Judaism before her marriage, she took the Hebrew name Ayala, meaning “doe”.

Sacha is an English actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for creating and playing four comic characters – Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, Admiral General Aladeen – who have appeared in televison shows and films. He has also made film appearances in Talladega Nights, Sweeney Todd, Hugo, Les Misérables, and Anchorman 2, and been in episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Simpsons. Sacha and Isla met at a party in Sydney in 2002, and they were married in Paris in 2010.

Athena Kiki and Yianni Carmine


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Dane Henry and Ruby Lee
Harrison Stone and Cleo Téa (Floyd-Henry)
Joshua and Davina

Annabel Sophia (Georgia)
Athena Kiki (John)
Aviana Rose
Azayliah Wyntah
Chloe Beth (Emily)
Estelle Ahona (Jarvis)
Evelyn Belle
Grace Imahli (Angus)
Harriet Mary (Alannah, Camille)
Ivy Faith
Jayde Vida (Angel, Ella, Holly)
Lily Florence (Archie)
Mackinley Storm (Cloe, Tallis, Brielle, Keeley, Hudson)
Mary-Jane Scarlet
Margaret Robyn “Maggie”
Maya Jude
Nardia Mavis (Isaak, Amilia, Bianca, Ivy)
Rose Eileen Lee (Amy)
Saffron Elizabeth
Tessa Joy

Archer Heath (Hudson)
Arlo Michael Axel (Anouk, Hannah, Tommy, Toby)
Ari Phoenix
Colton Keith (Bridie)
Fergus Yorston
Flynn Torrin (Jaqulyn, Alyxs)
Julian Thomas (Lochie, Lyndan)
Konstantinos Dimitrios
Krystof James (Elishka, Lukas)
Leo Blaze (Hudson)
Lennox George (Kolby)
Leslie Junior (Shyella)
Max Bernard
Oakley Mark Paul
Riley Rosario
Royce John Peter (Blake, Harmony, Morgan)
Theodore Stephen
Toby Drew (Layne)
Yianni Carmine

(Photo shows Greek-Australian students celebrating Greek Independence Day in Melbourne; about half of all Australians of Greek descent live in Melbourne, and Melbourne has the largest Greek community outside Greece itself).

Celebrity Baby News: Celebrity Baby Round Up




Actor Anthony Hayes, and his wife, costume designer Polly Smyth, welcomed their son Marlon about a month ago, a brother for their son Sidney, aged 2 and a half. Anthony has been in numerous films and television shows, and is best known for appearing in The Slap, Look Both Ways, The Boys, Rabbit Proof Fence, and Animal Kingdom. Currently he is in Redfern Now. Polly has worked in the costume department of several films and television series.

Journalist Nicky Champ, and her husband Matt, welcomed their son Samuel on March 24, a brother for their daughter Amelia. Nicky is the beauty and style editor for the Mamamia website.

Perth socialite Bree Maddox, and her partner Nick Hayler, welcomed their first child on New Year’s Day this year, and have named their son Max. Bree is part-owner of the Court Hotel, and Nick is a former Gage Roads chief executive.

Former television presenter Rob Palmer, and his Welsh-born wife Gwen Jones, welcomed their daughter Greta six months ago [pictured]. Greta is a little sister to Gruffyd and Branwen. Until recently, Rob was the carpentry expert on Better Homes and Gardens.


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