Baby born during eclipse, named Sol Celeste

The April 8, 2024, solar eclipse as seen from Dallas, Texas.
The solar eclipse as seen from Dallas, Texas

Alicia Alvarez of Fort Worth, Texas, gave birth to a baby girl on April 8, 2024 — more than a week ahead of her due date, and about a half an hour before the start of the solar eclipse.

As it happens, she and her husband Carlos have a four-year-old daughter, Luna Laura, whose first name means “moon” in Spanish. So, for their second daughter, they were already considering the celestially themed first name Sol (Spanish for “sun”).

Alicia said:

“I loved how the sun and the moon sounded together. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s [a] perfect name.’ And then just to have her during the eclipse was, like, obviously not planned.”

In fact, maybe it was eclipse that inspired the couple to opt for two celestial names in combination: Sol Celeste. (Celeste is based on the Latin word caelestis, meaning “of the heavens, celestial.”)


Image: Adapted from 2024 Total Solar Eclipse (NHQ202404080103) (NASA/Keegan Barber)

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