What do you name a baby girl born on the day of the total solar eclipse? (Hint: This is so not a trick question.)
Of course you name her Eclipse, because when else is that ever going to be an option? (Unless you went into labor mid-singing Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at karaoke, which would also be cool.)
Freedom and Michael Eubanks weren’t preparing for an eclipse baby — their daughter’s estimated due date was Sept. 3. But Freedom (see, Eclipse will do just fine with a mom named Freedom) went into labor just around midnight on Sunday. Baby Eclipse arrived on the scene at 8:04 a.m., totally eclipsing any total eclipse plans her family had for the day.
Eclipse Alizabeth Eubanks might sound like a stalwart Victorian New England lighthouse keeper, but Eclipse will be growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with her family. She joins big brother Grayson Noah, 2, who might or might not hold a grudge against his baby sister for ruining his plans to wear cool glasses and join his parents in staring directly at the sun.
“I kind of felt like it was meant to happen, to have her on this day,” Freedom said to ABC News.
What was the original plan for Eclipse’s name? Violet, another popular entry from the Lighthouse Keepers of the 1800s Baby Names Anthology. (Yes, kidding, but wouldn’t that be great?)
But Freedom was convinced that her baby’s early arrival necessitated a change.
“I think it was just meant to be, her name,” she said. “We’re probably going to call her Clipsey.”
Sure, “Clipsey” kind of sounds like a 1920s gangster, but that just adds to the cool factor. And would you believe this total eclipse is now considered the most documented celestial event in history? Not a shabby birthday at all. In fact, the family’s state of South Carolina was one of 14 states in the path of totality (complete blackout of the sun).
Eclipse wasn’t the only baby born in Greenville, South Carolina, that day (although she was the only one whose name reflected the day’s celestial event). She and 11 other future astronomers born at Greenville Memorial Hospital on Aug. 21 even received “Total Solar Eclipse” onesies.
Nice advanced planning, Greenville Memorial. Meanwhile, we were poking holes in the bottom of Dixie cups, like, five seconds before prime viewing in our area.