Olympic aerial ski-er Alisa Camplin, and her husband, Oliver Warner, welcomed their daughter Florence on October 3. Florence Warner was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. Alisa and Oliver lost their first child, Finnan, in 2011, and set up the charity Finnan’s Gift in his honour.
(Photo of Alisa, Oliver and baby Florence from Collingwood Football Club)
Basketball coach Carrie Graf, and her partner Camille Chicheportiche, welcomed twins Charli and Bentley on June 21. Charli was born first, weighing 2.8 kg, and her brother Bentley followed just two minutes later, weighing 2.7 kg. Charli and Bentley were conceived with the help of IVF, using an international sperm donor who is open to revealing his identity to the twins if they want that. The twins both have Chicheportiche as their middle name, since a hyphenated surname seemed too unwieldy.
Carrie began her basketball career at the age of 15, and competed in the Women’s National Basketball League from 1983-89 before studying to become a coach. She has coached women’s basketball for over 20 years, and was named WNBL Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. She holds the most records for coaching wins, with more than 200 under her belt. She has coached the Sydney Flames and the Canberra Capitals; she coached the latter during their 2008/2009 season when they won the WNBL Championship. Carrie was the first Australian to be named a head coach in the American WNBA, coaching the Phoenix Mercury. She has also coached the national women’s basketball team, taking them to medal wins at two Summer Olympics, winning the FIBA Oceania Championship, and the World University Games. Carrie won High Performance Coach of the Year and Young Coach of the Year in 1996, was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for services to basketball in 2000, and was named a life member of the WNBL in 2006. She was Sportsperson of the Year in 2008.
Camille, who carried the twins, is on maternity leave from the Australian Federal Police. She and Carrie have been together for seven years after being introduced by mutual friends, and wear rings as a sign of their committment. The couple live in the ACT where same-sex marriage is about to be legalised, but even if the legislation gets through, they have no immediate plans to marry.
(Picture shows Carrie and Camille with the twins – Carrie is on the right holding Charli in pink; photo from the Sydney Morning Herald).
NRL player Dylan Farrell, and his partner Hayley Mundy [pictured], welcomed their son Derain about a week ago. Derain Farrell joins big sister Leilani, aged 3. Derain is a place in New South Wales, whose name is said to come from an Aboriginal language meaning “of the mountains”; Dylan grew up on an Aboriginal mission on the South Coast. Dylan has played for South Sydney Rabbitohs since 2010, and has been signed with the St. George Illawarra Dragons for next season. Souths will face Manly in the finals on Friday.
Soccer star Mark Milligan, and his wife Rhia, welcomed their daughter Audrey earlier this year. Audrey Milligan joins big sister Maya. Mark has been playing professionally since 2002, and is currently signed with Melbourne Victory; he is also a member of the national team, the Socceroos.
Local rugby league player Chris Thompson, and his wife Chrystal, welcomed their son Chandon early in the year. Chandon Thompson joins big sister Alaqua, aged 4, and big brother Mataeo, aged 2. Chris plays for CYMS in Dubbo. Chandon is a French surname, taken from a common place name in France; it is most associated with the champagne Moët & Chandon.
It’s football finals season, so here are two baby daughters of Australian rules footballers. Both have a connection to the West, and both have pretty floral names.
Lewis Jetta, who plays for the Sydney Swans in the AFL, and his partner Jess, welcomed their daughter Daisy last month. Daisy Jetta joins big brother Lewis aged 2 – Lewis is known as Junior.
Lewis is originally from Western Australia, and has been playing for the Sydney Swans since 2010. He is a director with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, which works with Indigenous youth, and has been involved with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation’s Wall of Hands campaign, and the Learn Earn Legend initiative. He is keen to provide a good role model for Indigenous youth, and he and his cousin Neville, who plays for Melbourne, both returned to school to complete Year 12 as an encouragement to their younger cousins. Tonight Lewis will be back in his home state for the preliminary finals against Fremantle Dockers.
Lewis chose Lewis Junior’s name, and under a prearranged agreement, Jess got naming rights for a girl. Lewis jokes that he suggested Louise, but the idea was vetoed.
Rory O’Brien, who plays for the East Fremantle Sharks in the WAFL, and his partner Ebony Lawler, welcomed their daughter Ivy Mae last year.
This year, Rory won the Sandover Medal, awarded to the fairest and best player in the West Australia Football League. Rory is the first person from his club to win it for fifteen years, and he gained the second highest number of votes in history.
(Photo shows Lewis Jetta with his children Junior and Daisy)
Liberal party candidate, Zed Seselja, and his wife Ros, welcomed their daughter Grace on September 2. Grace Seselja was born at 11:15 am weighing 4.5 kg (9lb 15oz), and she joins older siblings Michael, Tommy, William and Olivia. Grace is thirteen years younger than her eldest brother.
Zdenko or “Zed” was a member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly from 2004 to 2013, and was Opposition Leader from 2007 to 2013. He won the electorate of Brindabella in last year’s territory elections, but this year he stood down as party leader to run for the senate in this year’s Federal Election, which is on September 7.
Zed’s campaigning duties have been scaled back because of Grace’s birth, and he is visiting the hospital several times a day. Ros and Grace will be leaving hospital soon.
Rugby union player Nathan Hines, and his wife Leann, welcomed twins named Lachlan and Chloe on June 4, a brother and sister for Joshua, aged 4. The twins’ birth was announced on Twitter.
Nathan started out in rugby league, playing for the North Sydney Bears in 1997, before switching to rugby union at Manly Rugby Union Football Club the following year. Since then, he has played for rugby union teams in Scotland, Ireland and France, as well as being selected for Scotland’s national team, and the British and Irish Lions. He is currently with French team ASM Clermont Auvergne.
Chloe is a very popular name in France, and Joshua is rising in popularity there, but Lachlan’s name seems as if it will stand out in his country of birth.
(Photo shows Nathan, Leann and Joshua)
Media personality Basil Zempilas, and his wife Amy, welcomed their daughter Chloe Margaret on August 29. The middle name is in honour of Amy’s grandmother, Margaret. Chloe Zempilas weighed 3.17 kg (7 lb), and measured 50 cm long; she joins big sister Ava, aged 2. Ava’s birth was announced on the blog. ~ Thanks to Ebony for this celebrity baby tip!
Golfer Marc Leishman, and his wife Audrey, welcomed their son Oliver on August 18, a brother for Harvey. Marc currently plays on the PGA Tour, and in 2009 he became the first Australian to win the Rookie of the Year award. He won his first tournament last year at the Traveler’s Championship, becoming the second Australian to win after Greg Norman in 1995.
Tennis player Casey Dellacqua, and her partner Amanda, welcomed their son Blake Benjamin a few weeks ago. Blake’s birth was announced at the US Open, which was also the first public acknowledgement that Casey is gay and has a partner. Casey has ranked as high as 39 in the world, and won her first Grand Slam Title at the French Open in 2011, playing mixed doubles.
Soccer coach Michael Brown, and his wife Louise, welcomed their son Tyler not long ago. Michael is a coach at the Ipswich Knights.
Reality TV contestants Josh Maldenis and Andi Thomas welcomed their son Harry Joshua on August 6. Josh and Andi entered the last season of cooking show My Kitchen Rules, and withdrew from the competition when they discovered that Andi was pregnant. Tagged on the show as “dating hipsters”, Josh is a business development manager and Andi is a fashion buyer.
NRL player David Gower, and his wife Erika, recently welcomed their daughter Amelia. Amelia’s birth was announced on The Footy Show, when David and Erika took part in the “Perfect Partners” quiz segment. David has been playing rugby league professionally since 2006, and has been with the Manly Sea Eagles since this season. He has also played rugby league in England.
NRL player Craig Gower, and his wife Amanda Flynn, welcomed their daughter Freya Rose on July 23, a sister to Lola, aged 4. Freya was born just a few hours after Prince George, but because of the time zone difference, they don’t share a birthday. Craig has been playing professional rugby league since 1996, and is currently with the Newcastle Knights. He has been selected for the national squad, New South Wales, and City. Craig has also played rugby union in France and Italy. Amanda is a model, media personality, and former Penrith Panthers cheerleader. Craig and David Gower are not related, as far as I know.
NRL player Josh Hoffman, and his wife Emma, welcomed their daughter Leilani Grace in July. The middle name is in honour of Josh’s mother, Grace, who passed away unexpectedly in 2009. Josh has played for the Brisbane Broncos since 2008, and has also been selected for the New Zealand national team. He is related to retired rugby league star Wendell Sailor, and to Dane Gagai and Travis Waddell, who play for the Newcastle Knights. Emma is a registered nurse.
Cricketer Sarah Elliott, and her husband Rob, welcomed their son Samuel, known as “Sam“, about nine months ago. Sarah made her debut for Victoria Spirit during the 2000-01 season, and made her debut on the women’s national team in 2005, against England. During the Women’s Ashes series this month in England, Sarah became the first Australian mother to make a century. Rob is a cricket coach at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport, and accompanied Sarah and Sam on tour.
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Wendy Harmer is a highly successful comedian, who for many years has entertained on stage, television and radio. She was the first woman in Australia to host her own comedy show, The Big Gig, in 1989, and for more than a decade she was co-host of a top-rating breakfast show on 2-Day FM, when she became one of the nation’s highest paid entertainers.
Wendy is a prolific and successful author, having written humour for adults, chick lit novels, teen fiction, kid’s books, two plays, and the libretto for an opera. Her best-selling children’s series, Pearlie the Fairy, has been turned into an animated TV show. She is also editor of The Hoopla, a women’s news and opinion site.
Wendy is married to Brendan Donohoe, and has two children. Her son is named Marley (aged about 15), and her daughter is named Maeve (aged about 13).
Wendy appears to be yet another star of radio with a bee-lined bonnet in regard to baby names, because she has written an article about them for The Hoopla. It’s one of those “names not to call your baby” lists, which I must admit I don’t usually care for, because they don’t seem to really be helpful to parents so much as bullying anyone who happens to have different tastes and opinions from yourself.
Interestingly, Rule Number 2 on the list states that you shouldn’t use a famous person’s surname as your child’s name. Her son is named after Bob Marley. Okaaaay. Number 4 is that you musn’t name all your children with same letter. Mmmmm.
This article is an “update” of an earlier one, where one of the pieces of advice was that the pronunciation of your child’s name should be clear from the way it is spelled. Even now, when the name is quite well-known, some people don’t know how to pronounce Maeve from its spelling, and think that it must be MAY-vee or mah-EEV.
I do notice that so often when parents criticise baby names, the same criticisms could be levelled at their own children’s names. The most obvious example is that rather ghastly woman who said that place names as baby names were lower-class, when her own daughter was named after a country in Asia. I guess we all have mother-blindness about our baby names, and I have been guilty of the same thing myself – it’s an easy trap to fall into, but luckily I didn’t do it on TV or anything.
When we come up with rules on naming babies which we ourselves cannot stick to, it may be a sign that the rules aren’t all that useful. Just a thought!
Wendy doesn’t like her own name, which peaked at #15 in the 1950s, when Wendy was born. Part of her disappointment is that her mother chose the name out of a knitting pattern book, when the layette she was knitting was called the “Wendy”. She imagined that she had been named after Wendy Darling from Peter Pan, so being named after a knitting pattern didn’t seem so special.
Wendy much prefers her father’s choice for her name, which was Claire, the name of her beloved great-aunt. In the 1950s, Claire was #224; it rose steeply in popularity during the 1960s and ’70s, and has been in the Top 100 since the 1980s.
Now I think that’s really useful naming advice taken from real life. It may not be the best idea to choose a baby name peaking in popularity and about to fall and become dated, or select one virtually at random.
A better choice could be a classic which is lower in popularity and about to start rising, to become very popular in the long-term future. And it’s probably preferable to honour a beloved family member than to name your baby after a product – it’s nice to have a name which has some significance.
Think about the name story you are going to pass on to your child – a knitting pattern clearly doesn’t cut it. And sometimes dad knows best.
PS Wendy did manage to give the name Claire to one of her characters, the heroine of her novel, Farewell My Ovaries.
(Picture of Wendy and her family taken some years ago at Uluru; photo from Body + Soul)
AFL footballer Liam Picken, and his partner Annie Nolan, welcomed twin girls in the autumn and have named their daughters Delphi and Cheska. The twins have only recently left hospital, as they were born premature. Delphi and Cheska are baby sisters to Malachy, aged 2 – Malachy’s birth was announced on the blog.
Liam has been playing Australian rules football professionally since 2009, and has always been with the Western Bulldogs. He is the son of Billy Picken, who played for Sydney and Collingwood in the 1970s and ’80s, and the cousin of Jonathan Brown, who is captain of the Brisbane Lions. Liam recently played his 100th game for the Western Bulldogs, and walked out through the banner with Malachy.
Delphi is a Greek place name, the ancient site of the Delphic Oracle to Apollo; its name means “womb”, and it may have begun as a worship site to the Earth Goddess. Later it was connected to “dolphin”.
Cheska is short for Francesca. It is perhaps best known from blogger and PR rep Cheska Hull, who starred on reality TV series, Made in Chelsea.
(Photo shows Liam and Annie with Malachy)