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Couple Names Baby Eclipse (Photos)

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A South Carolina couple named their baby daughter Eclipse in honor of the solar eclipse that occurred on her birthday.

Eclipse Alizebeth Eubanks was born shortly after 8 a.m. on Aug. 21, hours before the total eclipse of the sun by the moon.

Eclipse's parents, Michael and Freedom, explained to WSPA that the idea popped into Michael's head while he was accompanying Freedom to the hospital.

"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.

"And I was like: 'I actually like that,'" Freedom said.

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So they went with it, even though they had settled on the name Violet several months before.

"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.

Freedom told ABC News that she wasn't due until Sept. 3.

"I kind of felt like it was meant to happen, to have her on this day," she said.

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South Carolina was one of 14 U.S. states over which the eclipse reached totality, and Freedom had planned to observe it with her 2-year-old daughter, Grayson. Instead, she went into labor around midnight.

She added that initially her family was "shocked" by her choice of name, but have since warmed up to it.

"I think it was just meant to be, her name," she said. "We're probably going to call her Clipsey."

Greenville Memorial Hospital, where Eclipse was born, marked the special occasion by giving out eclipse-themed onesies to all the newborns.

Michael said the outfit is a sign of things to come.

"Once she understands what an eclipse is, I'll definitely make that a big theme," he said.

Eclipse was born at 8:04 a.m. She weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 inches long.

In North Carolina, a baby was born around 4 p.m., while the eclipse was taking place. Lacey Cope was due to give birth on Aug. 23, but her water broke the morning of Aug. 21. While driving to the hospital, Lacey let her husband, Wess, stop at Chick-fil-A for breakfast.

"She was relaxed, and I was starving," Wess told The Charlotte Observer. "If you want Chick-fil-A to move fast, tell them your wife's in labor. They did."

The delivery went off without a hitch, and Lacey gave birth to the couple's fourth child. They named him Finn after the "Star Wars" character. 

Sources: WSPA, ABC News, The Charlotte Observer / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Greenville Memorial Hospital via ABC News

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