USA couple name their baby after total solar eclipse

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On the day everyone across the country was transfixed by the celestial marvel that was the solar eclipse, a baby was born.

On Monday 21 August, Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina, US, shared a photo of new mum Freedom Eubanks holding her newborn baby. She was delivered at 8:04 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

"I think it was just meant to be, her name", added he mom of two, from Spartanburg.

"It kind of still feels like it's not real", Eclipse's mother, Freedom Eubanks, told CNN affiliate WHNS.

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One family commemorated the birth of a baby girl and the historic event, legally naming their daughter "Eclipse". Paul and Freedom initially chose the name Violet for her, according to WSOC.

Monday's total solar eclipse wasn't expected to hit parts of SC until the afternoon, but an Eclipse came early for a Greenville couple.

The US witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I on Monday, the first eclipse of the social media era to pass through a heavily populated area.