An expecting South Carolina couple who planned to name their daughter Violet had a last-minute change of heart when the baby girl was delivered on August 21, the day that a total solar eclipse graced the U.S. for the first time in nearly a century.
Freedom and Michael Eubanks of Greenville are now the proud parents of a newborn named Eclipse Alizebeth Eubanks, who arrived at 8:04 am on Monday and had a good seven hours of life before the eclipse was visible from her home state of South Carolina.
The idea for the eleventh-hour name change began as a joke, but the couple quickly decided that “Eclipse” had a certain ring to it.
“Just on the drive here, trying to keep her mind off the contractions, I was like, ‘Hey! If she’s born during the eclipse, we’re going to name her Eclipse,’” Michael recalled to CBS affiliate WSPA-TV.
“And I was like, I actually like that,” Freedom chimed in.
Staff at the hospital that delivered little Eclipse took to Facebook to celebrate her unique birthday.
“Meet Eclipse! She was born at 8:04 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Hospital. She’s 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 inches long. Mom and dad made a last-minute decision to name her Eclipse this morning,” the Greenville Health System posted on Facebook.
Hospital workers also gifted all babies born at the hospital that day commemorative eclipse onesies emblazoned with a smiling sun and the health system’s logo.
Now, the Eubanks family is hoping that the unforgettable circumstances surrounding their daughter’s birth will be a recurring aspect of her life.
“I believe that her birth should signify something, and what better way to signify her being born during the eclipse than name her Eclipse,” Michael said. “once she understands what an eclipse is, I’ll definitely make that a big theme.”