Names in the News: Lenny, Angela Merkel, AirForceOne

Three recent baby name stories with connections to Africa:

  • Angela Merkel: In February of 2015, a baby girl born in Germany to an asylum-seeker from Ghana was named Angela Merkel after the Chancellor of Germany.
  • Lenny & Henry: In March of 2015, a set of twins in Eastern Uganda were named Lenny and Henry after visiting Comic Relief comedian Lenworth “Lenny” Henry.
  • AirForceOne: In July of 2015, during Obama’s two-day trip to Kenya, at least eight Kenyan children were given Obama-inspired names. The most notable name, given to two different children, was AirForceOne.

Sources: Asylum-Seeker Names Baby After Angela Merkel, Comic Relief 2015: Lenny Henry Meets Newborn Twins Named After Him In Uganda, Obama’s Kenya Trip Reportedly Inspires New Baby Name: AirForceOne

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