I’m thrilled to announce the latest addition to the Elliott family. And no, it isn’t a new Web site or column.
Our daughter, Erysse Margaret Elliott was born at 6 a.m. today at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando. She weighed 10 pounds and 6 ounces and measured 24 1/2 inches.
Yes, this girl is probably gonna walk home from the hospital.
A lot of you have already asked us about the name.
Her middle name, Margaret, is a family name on her mother’s side. Margaret is of Greek origin, and it means “pearl.”
Erysse is a variation of several similar names with Latin, French and Greek roots. Astronomy buffs will also recognize Erysse (spelled “Eris”) as the “10th” planet.
The most famous “other” Erysse was the freethinking Greek goddess Eris, who is credited with starting the Trojan war.
Of course, we hope our daughter doesn’t start any wars in her time. But we do like Eris’ independent ways, and hope our little girl will live up to her name in that respect.
She will have two big brothers, Aren and Iden, to protect her — just in case she decides to provoke an armed conflict or two.
Welcome to the family, hon.