Channel 10 news presenter, Rebecca Morse, and her husband, Channel 10 news reporter James Wakelin, welcomed their third daughter on August 17. Her name is Frankie, and she weighed 3.7 kg at birth. Frankie Wakelin joins big sisters Grace, aged 8, and Milla, aged 2.
Rebecca will be taking the rest of the year off on maternity leave, and will be back on TV early in 2012. She feels their family is complete now.
This is the second celebrity baby girl called Frankie for this year; the first one was the daughter of swimmer Michael Klim. Frankie Klim and Frankie Wakelin are both the third child in their families.
UPDATE: Rebecca revealed to an Adelaide gossip columnist that Grace and Milla helped choose their sister’s name. Frankie was one of the names on their shortlist, and when they read it to the girls, their eyes lit up, so they knew it was the right name.
(Story and photo from The Sunday Mail, August 27 2011)
I would have prefered Francesca but its so cute how it was chosen
Lou @ Mer de noms said:
I would’ve thought maybe Frances would go with better Grace and Milla, but either way I guess Frankie is sweet enough.
Nook of Names said:
I see Frankie very much as a unisex name — I know more girl Frankies than boy ones (though one is definitely a Francesca by birth). Do we know for certain that little Frankie Wakelin isn’t formally a Francesca, and they’ve simply announced her as Frankie because that’s what they’re planning to call her as her everyday name? Either way, just goes to show how different people’s perceptions about a name can be!
Oh dear, I can’t help but agree – the story says that they are going to “stop trying for a boy” as though they had been hoping their last child was male. They might have chosen a unisex name that they could use for either a girl or a boy. I do feel it’s a bit of a clash with girly Grace and Milla.
Frankie Klim is also a third child who has an older sister with a girly name – Stella.
PS Milla is used as a full name, and is becoming rather a trend here (apart from here, it only seems to be popular in Norway). It’s hard to tell whether it’s completely a short form of Camilla, or also influenced by the Slavic Mila.
It seems to me that Frankie didn’t get a name equal to those of her older sisters Grace and Milla (Camilla?). It seems that the parents were so hoping for a boy this time (understandably) and not getting that, chose a boyish name for their third daughter. Too bad they didn’t name her Francesca or Frances, with Frankie as her nn. Now *that* would have been cute and given her some options if she turns out to be a ‘girlie girl’.