Actress Melanie Vallejo, and her husband Matt Kingston, welcomed their first child a few days ago and have named their son Sonny. As well as her work in theatre, Melanie has been on several television shows, including playing Madison (the Blue Ranger) on Power Rangers Mystic Force. She is best known for her role of Sophie Wong on the popular drama series Winners & Losers. Matt is an advertising executive.
Journalists Ben Fordham and Jodie Speers welcomed their second child on October 1 (their wedding anniversary) and named their daughter Pearl Nellie [pictured]. Pearl is a little sister for Freddy, nearly 2; Freddy’s birth was covered on the blog.
News presenter Alison Ariotti, and her husband Gerry, welcomed their second child early this year and named their daughter Louisa; Louisa joins big sister Mila, aged 3. Alison is the weekend news presenter on Nine News Queensland. Gerry is an anaesthetist.
Two new babies for football players from the Adelaide Crows in the AFL:
David Mackay and his wife Sarah welcomed their first child on September 26 and named their son William Alexander. David has been playing for the Crows since 2008.
Nathan van Berlo and his wife Jess welcomed their first child on September 19 and named their daughter Zara May [pictured]. Nathan began playing for the Crows in 2005, was captain from 2011-2014, and retired at the end of this year’s season.
AFL footballer Mitch Robinson, and his fiancee Emma McNeil, welcomed their daughter Charlie on March 10, a sister for Chance, age 2. Mitch plays for the Brisbane Lions.
A-League footballer Roy O’Donovan, and his wife Ellen, welcomed a son named Alfie on March 17 this year. Roy is an Irish footballer who has played in Ireland, the UK, Brunei, and Indonesia, and is currently signed with the Central Coast Mariners.
Former cricket champion Brett Lee, and his wife Lana, welcomed their daughter Helena in December 2015. Brett also has a son named Preston from his previous marriage to Elizabeth Kemp. During his international career, Brett was recognised as one of the fastest spin bowlers in the world, and won numerous awards. As well as working as a cricket commentator and coach, Brett has also had some success as an actor and singer in India, where he is a popular figure.
Former rugby league footballer Jason King, and his wife Jackie, welcomed a son named Cruz in 2014, a brother for William, aged 2. Jason began playing for the Manly Sea Eagles in 2003, and retired in 2014. He also played for New South Wales and Country Origin.
Athletics champion Tamsyn Lewis, and her husband, former cricketer Graham Manou, welcomed a daughter named Izabella Indie on August 9 2014 [pictured]. The couple have a dog named Indie, and Izabella’s middle name is after their pet. Tamsyn began competing nationally in 1994, and has won 17 Australian Championships, and has won gold at three Commonwealth Games. She works in the media, and covered the most recent Olympic Games in Rio: she now competes under her married name. Graham played for South Australia and the Melbourne Renegades, retiring in 2012.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, and his wife Laura Blythe, welcomed their fourth child on September 21 and have named their daughter Luna Ivy. Luna joins big sisters Edie, age 8, and Cleo, aged 6, and big brother Sidney, age 4.
Gillon comes from a sporting famiily as his father Angus was a first class cricketer, and his uncle Ian McLachlan, the former Minister for Defence, also played cricket and was President of the South Australian Cricket Association. Gillon is the brother of sports commentator Hamish McLachlan, who has been featured on the blog as a celebrity dad. Gillon himself has played amateur Australian rules football and represented Victoria in polo.
Gillon has been employed by the AFL since 2000, and was appointed CEO in 2014. Gillon and Laura met while they were both residents of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne.
(Photo shows Gillon and Laura with their three eldest children)
Thank you to Brooke from Baby Name Pondering for sending in this story, which was published in the “Herald Sun”. All celebrity baby name tips gratefully received!
Country music singer Mollie McClymont, and her husband Aaron Blackburn, welcomed a son named Ned some time this year. Mollie is a member of the country music trio The McClymonts, along with her sisters Brooke and Samantha.
Country singer-songwriter Sara Storer, and her husband David O’Hare, welcomed a son named Joe in 2015; he joined older brothers Tom, Bill, and Harry, all under the age of 8. Sara has won 18 Golden Guitars at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, seven of them in 2004, which is the most number of Golden Guitars won by a performer in a single year.
(Photo shows Sara and David with sons Tom and Harry, and baby Joe on Sara’s lap: Bill was the photographer)
Talkback radio host Chris Smith, and his partner Susie Burrell, welcomed twin boys on January 24 and named their sons Aengus and Henry [pictured]. Chris presents the afternoon show on 2GB, and, like all shock jocks, is considered a controversial figure. He has two other children from his previous marriage to Ali Smith. Susie is a nutritionist.
Weather presenter Sarah Cumming, and her husband, AFL coach Stuart Dew, welcomed their second child in October 2015 and named their son Jack Harry. Jack joined big sister Frankie, age 3; Frankie’s birth was featured on the blog.
AFL footballer Jake Stringer, and his partner Abby Gilmore, welcomed their second child on June 2 and named their daughter Arlo Lauren. Arlo joins big sister Milla, age 2, whose birth was featured on the blog. Jake plays for the Western Bulldogs.
Thank you to Ebony from babynameobsessed for contributing this story. All celebrity baby name tips gratefully received!
Mark “Soda” Soderstrom and his wife Kate welcomed their third child on September 16, and have named their son Otis. Otis joins siblings Felix, age 3, and Sienna, age 1. Mark is co-host of The Breakfast Show on Mix 102.3, and his radio partner Jodie Oddy queried the choice of the name Otis (in a way which implied a name like Otis needs some explanation). Mark revealed that he had seen the name Otis while getting into a lift: Otis are an American company well known for manufacturing elevators.
Alison “Ali” Hill and her husband Brandon welcomed their third child on August 8, and have named their son Seth Alexander [pictured]. Seth joins siblings Samuel, age 10, and Hannah, age 20. Alison is a singer and actress who is a radio presenter on 97.3 Coast FM in Mandurah.