Earlier this year, singer Ed Sheeran welcomed a baby girl named Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. She wasn’t actually born at sea — “Seaborn” is her mother’s surname — but did you know that many of the babies named “Seaborn” throughout history were in fact born at sea?
And it doesn’t stop at “Seaborn.” These sea-born babies got all sorts of interesting names hinting at the circumstances of their birth. Here’s a round-up of what I’ve spotted in the records…
- Seaborn (The earliest American example I know of is Seaborn Cotton, born in August of 1633 while as his parents were traveling from England to New England. Notably, he was the uncle of Cotton Mather.)
- Sea-Mercy (This one comes from Sea-Mercy Adams, a man who got married in Philadelphia in 1686.)
- Ocean (One was Ocean Pearl Tice, born in 1877.)
- Oceanus (One was the Pilgrim baby Oceanus Hopkins, born in 1620.)
- Atlantic (One was Atlantic Seaborn Ford, born in 1863. Another was Atlantic Missouri Linne, born in 1889.)
And, finally, all of the other sea-birth-inspired baby names I’ve seen:
- Stella Maris
If you had a baby on the open ocean, what would you name that baby?
Image: Salem Harbor (1853) by Fitz Henry Lane