Special meaning behind Mollie King’s baby name

Mollie King recently shared the happy news that she and fiancé Stuart Broad have welcomed their first child together along with the sweet name they've picked out for their little one.

The singer, 35, announced the arrival of her baby daughter Annabella on Instagram on 24 November, revealing that she and professional cricketer Stuart, 36, "have never been so in love".

The new parents could be seen cuddling their newborn in the photos, which Mollie shared alongside the caption: "Welcome to the world Annabella Broad. We have never been so in love," along with a red heart emoji.

Here we take a look into what the moniker means…

Annabella is primarily a female name and is the short form of Isabella, which is the Italian form of Isabel.

It's also from the Italian word for 'bella', which means 'beautiful', according to Baby Centre.

The name has become less popular over recent years, and according to BabyNames.com, it's not currently in the top 100 on the Baby Names Popularity Charts.

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Mollie could be seen cuddling her daughter in one photo while a second snap showed new dad holding Annabella. The couple appeared to be enjoying a morning stroll near a lake in the shots, with their newborn wrapped up in a white furry baby grow.

Mollie, who got engaged to Stuart in January 2021 after they first started dating in 2018, previously told how she was sure she was having a baby boy until she and Stuart found out their baby's gender.

Speaking to Grazia about her baby's gender, Mollie revealed: "Having got five nephews, we were convinced we were going to be having a little boy as well, but we’re over the moon to find out it’s a little girl.

"We would have been happy either way obviously and I just want her to grow up knowing that she can be exactly who she wants to be."

The couple then hosted a fun gender reveal party in October where they were joined by their loved ones and found out they were expecting a baby girl.

Announcing the happy news with a sweet clip of her and Stuart popping a 'boy or girl?' balloon, Mollie told fans: "Last weekend we got our families together for a little celebration that we’ll never forget. For months our families have been predicting and guessing the gender of the baby but it’s been so lovely to have that just between us.

"Our due date is really creeping up now, we can’t believe how close it is, so last weekend felt like the right time to get everyone together and reveal it. It was such a special day and one we’ll always remember [yellow heart emoji] So… we’re having a…."


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