Were Robbie E's baby names inspired by a famous singer-songwriter couple?

Nov 4, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Pro wrestler Robbie E is a daddy — times two!

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He and his wife Tara Strauss welcomed twin boys on Thursday Nov. 3 in New Jersey, and the proud father shared a sweet Instagram snap of the new arrivals.


And their names are brilliant: Carter Stone Strauss and Cash Steven Strauss. Not only is there a generous helping of alliteration (always cute with twins), they go together like… well, like Johnny Cash and June Carter. We don't know if Robbie E and Tara Strauss are fans of the musical couple, but we'd love to think that was their baby-naming inspiration.

Cash is a diminutive of Cassius and a "word" name meaning hollow, and ranked No. 267 in the U.S. baby name chart in 2015. It's the name of actress Jessica Alba's husband Cash Warren and has also been chosen by several other celebrity couples for their offspring. Actress Annabeth Gish and stuntman Wade Allen named their son Cash in 2007, as did actor Joshua Morrow in 2008 and singer David Haywood of Lady Antebellum in 2014.

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Carter, which is an English occupational name meaning "transporter of goods by cart," is a much more popular choice, ranking at No. 24 on the chart in 2015 (its first time in the top 25). It's particularly popular in the Midwest (No. 2 in Nebraska and No. 3 in Iowa) and is also feeling the love in Saskatchewan (No. 2) and Manitoba (No. 5).

As well as being the surname of the 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter, it's a very popular name for TV characters, featuring in The Walking Dead, Robin Hood, Gossip Girl, American Gothic, Arrow, Family Guy and Spin City.

"Mom is feeling tired but in great spirits," Robbie E said shortly after his sons were born. "Carter came out screaming and sucking on his thumb! Cash was perfectly calm and totally chill."

"Both are resting up for their rock star life!” he added. Yup, we knew there was musical inspiration behind the names. Congratulations to the family of four!

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