Last week, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's Prime Minister welcomed a baby girl.

 

Jacinda and her partner Clarke Gayford have now announced the newborn's name and it has Irish routes.

 

The couple named their daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.

 

Neve is linked to the Irish name, Niamh.

 

 

Niamh means bright, radiant and snow, the Prime Minister said to reporters at Auckland Hospital.

 

The unique spelling the new parents chose was for practical purposes when people were trying to pronounce the name - something a lot of Irish Niamhs can relate too.

 

"When we met her we thought she looked like she suited the name," she said.

 

"Also it means, in various forms, bright and radiant and snow, which seemed like a good combination for Matariki (Maori new year) and for solstice."

 

 

The second half of the newborn name - Te Aroha - comes from a mountain in New Zealand.

 

It is believed that the Prime Minister is the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while holding office.

 

On Thursday, the couple revealed the birth of their first child on Instagram.

 

 

The new mum wrote: "Welcome to our village wee one," 

 

"Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb).

 

"Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital."

 

 

During her pregnancy, it was revealed she would take six-weeks of maternity leave after Neve's arrival and her partner would then be a stay-at-home dad. 

 

"Clarke and I are privileged to be in the position where Clarke can stay home to be our primary caregiver."

 

"Knowing that so many parents juggle the care of their new babies, we consider ourselves to be very lucky."

529 Shares

Latest

Trending

Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.