For those curious about the name, Marlowe is a relatively uncommon yet recognisable name (this was our goal when selecting a name to go with "Smith"). His most (in)famous namesake, Christopher Marlowe (1564-93), was a wordsmith and storyteller who led a fascinating, eventful and morally complex life (just like his father's namesake), a contemporary (and competitor) to Shakespeare as both poet and playwright. The name Marlowe (according to one derivation) originates with an Old English phrase meaning "driftwood" or more literally, "the leavings of a lake". Driftwood has connotations of an unexpected gift and of old material finding new uses.
Bede's namesake was also a writer, though of more straightforwardly morally praiseworthy stock: Bede (672/3-735) was an English monk, scholar, exegete, theologian, translator, and historian, being the first to write a history of England and quite possibly the first writer to transcribe Old English prose. The name Bede likely comes from an old English word meaning "prayer".
Here is our playwright monk, a tiny prayer drifting on the tides of history. More photos will follow in due course on Jessica's blog.
Weight: 3.94 kg (just under 8 pounds 11 ounces)
Length: 52 cm (roughly 20.5 inches)
Head circumference: 35.8 cm
Days late: 9
NB All these stats are either identical or within 1% of Aurora's stats at birth.
We hope we get to introduce him to some of you soon.
Grace & peace,
Byron, Jessica, Aurora & Marlowe