ED Sheeran has become a dad for the first time with he and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, welcoming a baby girl.
Ed, 29, and Cherry, 28, announced their new baby girl to the world via Instagram, revealing they'd chosen Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran for her name.
Experts have claimed the bold choice is very on-trend, with 'place' names soaring in popularity.
Baby name expert SJ Strum, from Channelmum.com, told Fabulous Digital the singer had chosen a "powerful" middle moniker for his daughter.
SJ said: “Antarctica is a stunning name – wonderfully feminine while still cool and crisp and classy.
"The place name trend is huge with thousands of parents naming babies each year after a location with meaning to them.
"Ed recently took place in the One Earth charity single to raise awareness of climate change so it’s likely Antarctica references this ethics here.
"It’s so powerful to name a newborn after one of the most remote yet vital places on the planet.
“Alongside this, Antarctica is a unique place on earth and so far it’s a unique baby name – which is what most stars strive to achieve in their child’s moniker."
SJ also noted the pair have gone for a distinctive sound for their daughter's name by using both their surnames.
She added: "The ‘A’ sound at the end of both names couple with the double ‘ S’ of Seaborn Sheeran gives little Lyra a beautiful name which is pleasing both to say and hear.
"Perhaps we can even say the name is Perfect, just like her dad’s song to her mum of the same name!”
The name Lyra has its roots in Greek mythology and it means lyre, a small harp – not a bad choice for a musician.
It’s also the name of a constellation which has one of the brightest stars in the night sky, Vega.
And it’s also the name lead character, Lyra Belacqua, in Philip Pullman’s popular trilogy, His Dark Materials.
Although they’re not alone in their naming decision, with Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum naming their daughter Lyra in 2011.
SJ added: "Lyra is a beautiful, lyrical name meaning ‘Harp’ and the perfect pick for a child of a famous musician.
"It’s likely the couple chose it as Lyra is the lead character in the Philip Pullman His Dark Materials trilogy, which Sheeran has said is "the greatest love story ever told” – so what better way to show your love for your child?
“Lyra is becoming increasingly popular as a celebrity choice with Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum using it for their daughter too.
"It’s now hovering just outside the top 100 most popular names and will definitely go higher up the charts now."
The new parents kept the pregnancy under wraps, with the singer announcing on Instagram that Cherry, had given birth last week.
Ed wrote: “Ello! A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you…
“Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.
“We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here.
“We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Lots of love and I’ll see you when it’s time to come back, Ed.”
His post, which has been liked more than 800,000 times, showed a pair of baby socks on a knitted blanket.
Fans were quick to congratulate Ed and Cherry, with a few praising their unusual choices.
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