Bri-Witched | 

Kevin Kilbane and Brianne Delcourt reveal newborn baby's B*Witched-inspired name

The couple, who met when they were partnered together on Dancing on Ice back in 2019, welcomed their second baby girl via C-section on April 29th.

Neasa Cumiskey

Former Republic of Ireland footballer Kevin Kilbane and his wife Brianne Delcourt have revealed their newborn daughter’s unusual name – and it’s one you may have heard before.

The couple, who met when they were partnered together on Dancing on Ice back in 2019, welcomed their second baby girl via C-section on April 29th.

They also have 15-month-old Olivia together, while Kevin has two daughters, teenagers Elsie and Isla, from a previous marriage and Brianne is a proud mum to five-year-old daughter Gracie.

And skating champion Brianne revealed that she and Kevin wanted to give their newborn daughter an Irish name and decided to call her Keavy Anne.

The beautiful moniker has Irish origins but is extremely rare, with only three babies recorded with the name Keavy were born in 2021, according to the CSO.

The most famous person with the name is B*Witched star Keavy Lynch.

“Keavy is obviously named after Kevin and the Anne is named after me too. As soon as we saw her we knew she was definitely a Keavy," Brianne told OK! Magazine.

Meanwhile, Kevin admitted: “I wanted an Irish name with an Irish spelling. Bri wasn’t totally against it, but she didn’t want to make her child’s life more complicated than it needs to be.

“We’d been pretty much settled on Emily Ava for more or less six months of the pregnancy and then after the ultrasound, when we got the little still shot, Bri said she was feeling Keavy a lot more.

“It was a joint decision but more so Bri’s. It’s a beautiful name and we’re delighted with it.”

While the happy couple have been elated since Keavy came into the world, things have been quite difficult for Brianne, who is now recovering from the effects of her C-section.

She recalled feeling like she was “going to pass out” right before the birth.

"Everything went really smoothly until just before the surgery. Kevin came in and all of a sudden I started to get really sweaty and started to see stars and I looked at the doctor and said, ‘I’m going to pass out here. I’m going to go.’

“But they gave me whatever they gave me and I perked up, but the actual surgery took the longest out of my births. With the other two girls it was a 30-minute procedure and then I could hear a cry, but with Keavy it was way over an hour.”

Thankfully, Keavy was born a short time later with no complications.

Kevin and Brianne confirmed that their little girl had arrived by saying: “Our beautiful baby girl born 8:37am ET. We can't wait to take you home to meet your sisters.”


Today's Headlines

More Irish Showbiz

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices