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British athlete Paula Radcliffe welcomes a daughter

01/18/2007 at 11:30 AM ET

Update: The baby’s name is Isla. She was 6 lbs, 7 oz, and arrived 10 days after her due date.

Originally posted January 17th: British athlete Paula Radcliffe, 33, gave birth to her first child, a daughter, this morning. She had been admitted to Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco yesterday but the labour was a long one and the baby girl arrived at 9:43 pm. Paula’s husband Gary Lough, who is also her coach, said: "She was a long, long time in labour."

Source: BBC

Thanks to CBB readers Hayley, Laura and Karen.

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Michelle on

The Mirror is reporting that the baby girl weighed in at 6lb 7oz, but still no news on the name

Michelle on

Oh, and apparently the labour was 16 hours long, hardly a marathon!

Christelle on

Her name is Isla.

Christina on

That’s pronounced “eye-lah”, isn’t it? Or am I mistaken?

kirsty on

I think it can be pronounced two ways- i have two finnish cousins, called Aila (pronounced eye-lah) and Isla (pronounced ees-lah) but I have also heard of Isla Fisher (whose name is pronounced eye-lah) so i guess it depends on how they choose to pronounce it.

Eleanor on

Isla is always pronounced EYE-lah. It’s a Scottish name. EES-lah is the spanish word for island -not an actual name.

Kirsty on

I have to disagree with you there Eleanor, My cousin is called Isla (pronounced EES-lah), and she is at nursery in Finland with two others of the same name and pronunciation, so I think it is a lot more common in some countries than we may think.
Apple is the name of a fruit, but is also the name of at least one child.
Just because Isla means Island in one language, doesn’t mean it is not a name in others.

Lys on

Islay, pronounced eye-lah, is an island off the coast of Scotland. The name Isla is generally pronounced the same in the UK. As Paula is British, I would guess that is how they are saying it.


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