After the overwhelming backlash against Ed Sheeran's name choice for his newborn daughter, a name expert has spoken out in his defense and has claimed that the unusual name has a much deeper meaning than originally thought...

Ed Sheeran is officially a dad!

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The beloved English singer song-writer has announced today that he and his wife have welcomed a daughter into the world.

Now, the "Shape of You" singer is notoriously private when it comes to his personal life...

But back in August, reports surfaced that Ed was expecting his first child with his wife, childhood friend, Cherry Seaborn.

The rumors were flying...

And, in typical Ed Sheeran fashion, fans were left waiting with bated breath for any confirmation of the pregnancy.

So, of course, people lost their minds today when Ed took to Instagram to announce that Cherry had safely delivered a baby girl.

Sharing a photo of a multi-colored blanket and a pair of minuscule socks, the singer 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."

And as for the name?

Well, it's certainly an unusual one, to say the least. Fans have been quick to criticize the quirky name choice but, now, an expert has come forward with a pretty eye-opening explanation. But he certainly isn't the first celeb to name their child something out of the ordinary...

Take Coco, for example.

Friends star Courteney Cox's baby sounds delicious!

And then there was Apple.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin also went for a foody option.

How about Blue Ivy?

You can't expect Beyonce to do things by halves, right?

Or Birdie?

Busy Phillips took her inspiration from the animal kingdom instead.


Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz's kid is so over Brooklyn.

Who remembers Monroe?

Mariah Carey clearly wishes stardom on her kids!

Or how about Apollo?

Gwen Stefani thinks her baby is out of this world!

Or does Kulture tickle your fancy?

Cardi B totally went for it with her baby name!

Sunday is an unusual choice, to say the least...

Mike Myers clearly has a favorite day of the week.

Or what about the mystical Luna?

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend also took inspo from outer space!


Kourtney Kardashian went for a regal theme.

And then there is North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm.

We literally can't choose the weirdest of Kimye's baby names.

And we all remember Stormi.

Kylie Jenner's kid did give us one of the most iconic memes of the year, though.

Thoughts on Lazer?

Well, you didn't expect Diplo to go for a conventional name, did you?

Or how about Bear?

Kate Winslet clearly wanted a baby to cuddle with.

Or would you name your child after a mountain?

George Lucas christened his child Everest... It's pretty spectacular, I have to say.

Or how about Lourdes?

Madonna played into her own offbeat name with her daughter's.

And then there was Denim.

Toni Braxton paid tribute to everyone's favorite pants material.

Or how about something simple?

Yep, Usher's son is also called Usher. Good lord.


Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna's baby is certainly dreamier than their current relationship status.

Maple is a little strange...

Jason Bateman is clearly a big syrup fan.

Or what about a powerful name like Puma?

Erykah Badu was obviously never going to go for a common name.

And Java?

Was Josh Holloway tired when he came up with this one?

Something a little sickly like Bluebell?

Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice) took the floral name theme to the next level.

Okay, Genesis is just weird.

Is Alicia Keyes a British prog-rock fan?

What was he thinking with Dusty Rose?

Dusty? Are you sure, Adam Levine?

And there was even Sparrow.

Nicole Richie went for the least glamorous of birds.

Satchel... As in the purse.

Spike Lee went with a more practical name.

And there was the mystical Esmerelda.

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes plumped for one of the lesser-known Disney princesses.

And Rocket.

Sam Worthington went more "out of this world" with his choice.

And finally...

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The name of Ed Sheeran's baby girl! Well, since the singer announced the very strange name, fans have been relentlessly mocking the poor little girl and her parent's name choice.

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Are you ready for the big reveal?

Ed's daughter is called 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," Ed wrote.

And even though the well-wishes continue to flood in...

Many still can't get their heads over the name!

But, putting the haters to one side...

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An expert has come forward to claim that the unusual name actually has a very sweet meaning behind it.

Baby name expert, SJ Strum, from, has weighed in on the quirky name choice...

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And has actually spoken out in Ed and Cherry's defense.

Firstly, the name Lyra has its roots in Greek mythology and it means lyre, a small harp...

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Not a bad choice for an accomplished musician, right?

But there's more to it than that.

SJ said that the singer had chosen a "powerful" middle moniker for his daughter. Speaking to Fabulous Digital, she explained: "Antarctica is a stunning name – wonderfully feminine while still cool and crisp and classy."

She went on to explain how the name is "on trend" for parents naming their children after locations...

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And elaborated: "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."

She continued:

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“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."

Never the less...

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Congratulations, Ed and Cherry! For more baby name blunders, and why Amy Schumer had to change her son's name, scroll on...