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Nicolas Cage revealed the names that he and Riko Shibata settled on for their baby during a March interview with GQ. If the baby was another son for Cage, the little one would be Akira Francesco, while a daughter would end up as Lennon Augie. Both of the second names were nods to Cage’s family, specifically his father, August Coppola, and his famous uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, per Biography. Cage explained, “Augie was my father’s nickname. And my uncle has decided to change his name to Francesco.”

While that’s sweet enough, there’s even more meaning behind one of the names. While popping up on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Cage talked about his brother who was a DJ, saying, “He built his own radio station, and he would play all these incredible albums from the late ’60s, and of course he played the ‘Let It Be’ album [by The Beatles]. And he played ‘Across the Universe.'”

“I must have been 4 years old, and I remember being frozen, paralyzed, listening to that music. ‘Pools of sorrow, waves of joy’ … It’s my favorite song ever written,” Cage continued. With that, he announced that he was having a baby girl and explained, “Because of ‘Across the Universe,’ her name is going to be Lennon Augie, Augie after my father, and I’ll call her Lenny for short.” We assume Lennon is a nod to John Lennon of The Beatles. Beyond that, Lenny is a pretty cute nickname!

Source: Nicki Swift

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