As Kayla Itsines celebrated her first Mother’s Day as a mum, she shared the personal story behind her baby daughter’s name – Arna Leia Pearce – with her millions of followers on Instagram.
Kayla, who welcomed her first child with partner Tobi Pearce on April 30, posted a photo of the “incredible women” in her life, including her grandmother, mother Anna and sister Leah, in celebration of Mother’s Day.
She captioned the photo: “What I would like to do today, is share with you something personal and very close to my heart. The meaning behind the name Tobi and I chose to give our beautiful baby girl, Arna Leia Pearce.”
The 27-year-old fitness entrepreneur explained that when choosing her baby girl’s name she wanted a name that was “somewhat Greek and traditional by passing on the names of my family through to the next generation”.
“Our daughter Arna Leia is named after my incredible mother, Anna and hilarious sister, Leah,” she wrote.
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How lucky am I on my very first #MothersDay to be surrounded with these incredible women and blessed with my new baby girl! Family has always been SO important to me and the last few weeks have only reinforced this. The support of the women in my family has been just amazing. This quiet time has also truly opened my eyes to the strength and reassurance that I find in you, the #BBGCommunity. Your kind words and well wishes have been just overwhelming and I can’t thank you enough ????????. What I would like to do today, is share with you something personal and very close to my heart. The meaning behind the name Tobi and I chose to give our beautiful baby girl, Arna Leia Pearce. When choosing a name for our daughter we wanted to choose a name that was somewhat Greek and traditional by passing on the names of my family through to the next generation. Our daughter Arna Leia is named after my incredible mother, Anna and hilarious sister, Leah. In Greek, Anna is ‘Avva’ we chose Arna as this spelling is the closest to the pronunciation in greek. It was to our delight that in other cultures the name Arna means ‘strength’. We thought that was so beautiful! Leia is the Greek spelling of Leah. We chose these names to preserve my family’s proud Greek heritage. To all the mothers out there, whatever your special story is with your family, cherish it always and forever but on this day, celebrate it with your family. #Family #MothersDay2019 www.kaylaitsines.com/app
Kayla went on to explain that in Greek, Anna is ‘Avva’, so she and Tobi decided to go with ‘Arna’ as “this spelling is the closest to the pronunciation in Greek”.