British PM names daughter after Cornish village

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British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife have named their new baby Florence Rose Endellion, giving her a Cornish name to mark the region where she was born, his office said Wednesday.

The baby was born on Tuesday, arriving earlier than expected and interrupting the Camerons' two-week family holiday in the popular tourist region of Cornwall in southwest England.

The prime minister promised to give her a traditional Cornish name in honour of her birthplace, and he and his wife Samantha settled on Endellion to add to the classic British names of Florence and Rose.

Endellion derives from St Endelienta, a female martyr who became the saint of the north Cornwall parish of St Endellion, a village near where Cameron and his family were staying when the baby was born.

The 43-year-old premier said the arrival of his "unbelievably beautiful girl" was "absolutely thrilling".

He and Samantha, 39, have had four children together but their first born, Ivan, died last year aged just six. He had severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Their other children are Nancy, six, and Arthur, four.

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