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By Nick Turner

Given the tech industry’s burgeoning role in the global economy, many parents are eager to get their kids ready for information-era jobs at a young age.

So why not start at the very beginning and give your child a tech-inspired name at birth? Lots of parents are doing just that and christening their kids with monikers associated with inventors and tech luminaries.

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By Nancy Man

Disney princesses often influence the baby name charts. But what about Disney animals? Let’s see what effect they have had.

The Lion King movie, released in 1994, and still running on Broadway, was a Hamlet-influenced, coming-of-age story that focused on a lion cub named Simba. So it’s no surprise that Simba was the first Lion King-inspired baby name to debut on the charts.

Simba

The name Simba, which comes from the Swahili word for ‘lion’, first appeared in the data in 1994:

1997: unlisted

1996: unlisted

1995: 9 baby boys named Simba

1994: 5 baby boys named Simba [debut]

1993: unlisted

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By Sophie Kihm

It’s been a trend in recent years for celebrities to delay the release of their baby’s name—usually for a few weeks, even months. However, actors Peter Dinklage and Josh Hartnett have never revealed the names of their children, and their daughters are five and two years old, respectively! Now they both have a second child on the way—will we find out the names of those babies, or continue to be left in the dark?

We also have some stars this month expecting Irish twins—two siblings born less than a year apart. Supermodel Bar Refaeli is pregnant for the second time, only months after giving birth to her daughter Liv. Lauren Gregory and Thomas Rhett were in the process of adopting a baby from Africa when they found out they were pregnant with a little girl. Now they have two babies on the way that should arrive around the same time. How will these celebrities go about naming their Irish twins? I have my predictions, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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By John Kelly, mashed radish

April showers us with poetry. It’s National Poetry Month, for one thing, and on April 23 we observe the birthday of the most celebrated poet and playwright of the English language: William Shakespeare. While the Bard would have been 453 years old this April, many of the names of his characters are still strutting on the stage. So, if you’re looking for some inspired names, these twelve characters may be just the muse you’re looking for:

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posted by: CaraMichelle View all posts by this author
Amber Tamblyn and Marlow Alice

By CaraMichelle

Here’s the complete report of celebrity baby announcements for the month of March:

Twins:

Coco Rae and Gia James, sisters of Arrow (f) (Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman) 

Girls:

Azalea Leslie, sister of Adrian, Amari (m), and Avery (m) (Joel “The Kid Mero” and Heather Martinez)

Charlie (Marcos Ferraez and Alona Tal

Ever Lee Wilde (Nicholas Gonzalez and Kelsey Crane

Ines, sister of Manon (Martin and Helene Fourcade) 

Kiara (Sébastien Haller) 

Lyla Isabela, sister of Summer (Jose Castillo and April Hernandez-Castillo) 

Lyric Dean, sister of Ava (A.J. and Rochelle McLean

Marlow Alice (David Cross and Amber Tamblyn) (shown in illustration)

Maya, sister of Alma (Yaron Versano and Gal Gadot) 

Odette Elliott, sister of Thomas and Shepherd (Jared and Genevieve Padalecki) 

Boys:

Afonso Maria, brother of Maria Inês (Pedro Costa Lopes and Joana Teles) 

Albert, brother of Amy and Ava (AJ and Dionne Calloway

Augustus AlexisGus, brother of Charlie (m) and Coco (David and Christina Arquette) 

Beau Dean, brother of Liam, Hattie, Stella, Finn, and Jack (Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling) 

Bodhi Fox (Andrew Talansky and Kate Fox

Carter Davis (David Gross and Danielle Harris

Dominic Michael, brother of Violet (Michael Miziner and Rachael Finch

Eli Mark (Stuart Pilkington and Louise Cliffe) 

Hal Auden, brother of Kit (m) (Benedict and Sophie Cumberbatch) 

Jude Daniel (Jaren Johnston and Evyn Mustoe) 

Jude Malcolm (Steve Yeun and Joana Pak) 

Marcello (Christophe Alévêque and Serena Reinaldi) 

Ronan Laine, brother of Viola (Brian Gallagher and Megan Hilty) 

Walter, brother of Annabelle (Ben and Katie Smith

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