THE adorable meaning behind Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall’s baby name has been revealed.
Dec, 42, shared a cute picture of him holding his baby girl’s hand hours after her arrival at 9am on Instagram, revealing her name in the process.
Isla is the 78th most popular baby name in 2018 so far, and is of Scottish origin, meaning island.
Meanwhile Dec and Ali, 40, also added a personal touch by choosing Anne as a middle name, after his mum.
However it’s not known why they chose Elizabeth, as Ali’s mother is called Angela, but it could refer to another relative or loved one in their family.
Taking to social media this afternoon, Dec told fans: “Ali and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Isla Elizabeth Anne, who was born just after 9 o’clock this morning.
He added: “Mother and daughter both doing well, Dad is head over heels! D x”.
A few hours later, his presenting partner Ant McPartlin used their joint account to congratulate his best friend.
Ant – who is taking an extended break from his TV work – tweeted: “Welcome to the world baby Isla Elizabeth Anne. Can’t wait for cuddles. I love you already!! Uncle Ant xxxxx”.
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Ant has been best friends with Dec since they were 13 and despite pulling out of I’m A Celebrity this year as he battles his demons, the pair have remained as close as ever.
Following their baby news today the couple were inundated with comments from delighted fans and their famous friends.
Rochelle Humes wrote: “CONGRATULATIONS to you both, so happy for the pair of you. Can’t wait to see her.”
Ruth Langsford tweeted: “Congratulations Dec & Ali….wonderful news. I expect little Isla will be wrapping you around her little finger from now on….!”
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