Tony Abbott’s Daughter Frances Shares Meaning Behind Son’s ‘Rare’ Name

Frances Loch, daughter of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has shared a sweet photo with her newborn son just two weeks after she welcomed him into the world.

The 30-year-old new mother and her husband Sam Loch named their son Ernest, a traditional nickname of German origin meaning “warrior,” “serious” and “strength.”

The fitness instructor – who now lives in the US with Sam, a former Olympic rower – said the couple are “so in love” with their little boy after he was born on July 11.

She shared an adorable photo of her rocking Ernest as she planted a kiss on his face.

Frances Loch, Tony Abbott’s daughter, has shared a sweet photo with her newborn son Ernest just two weeks after she welcomed him into the world (pictured together)

After an “intensive” and “incredible” birth, Frances shared how she felt when she gave birth to her first child.

“Every part that was difficult and uncomfortable was forgotten the next moment and worth 100 times because it brought him closer to us,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I used my breath and all my strength. I trusted my body, my baby and my team (My ride or die Sam and our wonderful doula Kim). Not only was this beautiful nine pounder born, but also a mother, father and family.

“Ernest Loch, we are so in love with you. To the rest of our lives together, bubba.’

The 30-year-old gave birth to little Ernest Loch on July 11 (pictured in hospital after birth)

The 30-year-old gave birth to little Ernest Loch on July 11 (pictured in hospital after birth)

After returning home from the hospital, the yoga instructor shared a sweet photo of her son sleeping in a baby pod with the caption: 'Welcome home Ernie'

After returning home from the hospital, the yoga instructor shared a sweet photo of her son sleeping in a baby pod with the caption: ‘Welcome home Ernie’

Frances and her husband Sam Loch have lived in the US after they tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day 2018 (pictured together on their wedding day)

Frances and her husband Sam Loch have lived in the US after they tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day 2018 (pictured together on their wedding day)

Her post comes just weeks after her husband Sam announced the exciting news of the birth of their first child Ernest.

‘Tiping the scales at an even 9lb [4kg]. Created by his mother with nothing but breath, coconut water and heart,” Sam wrote on Instagram.

The accompanying photo showed Frances smiling as she cradled their newborn son in her hospital bed.

After returning home from the hospital, the yoga instructor shared a sweet photo of her son sleeping in a baby pod with the caption, “Welcome home Ernie.”

The exciting baby news comes just months after the yoga instructor revealed that the couple kept the gender of their baby as a “surprise.”

Ernest, often shortened to Ernie, was a popular boys’ name in the early 20th century and was in Australia’s top 50 until the 1930s.

Frances (pictured) shared a rare photo of her blossoming baby bump at 33 weeks

Frances (pictured) shared a rare photo of her blossoming baby bump at 33 weeks

Earlier this year, Frances shared a candid photo of herself rocking her budding bump

Earlier this year, Frances shared a candid photo of herself rocking her budding bump

Earlier this year, Frances announced her pregnancy on Instagram, saying, ‘Big little baby Loch. Participate in the Summer ’21.’ party.

The couple are enjoying a quiet life after moving from Sydney to the US.

The couple tied the knot in a surprise wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day 2018, just three months after meeting the bodybuilder in November 2017 – and got engaged two weeks later.

“Two weeks was all it took to know that being with you forever was a great idea,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time of their shock engagement.

Frances said the proposal happened in the kitchen when Sam, a former Olympic rower, asked the question as she put peas in the freezer.

Frances tied the knot during a surprise wedding to Sam on Valentine's Day 2018 - three months after they met (photo showing off their wedding rings after getting married)

Frances tied the knot during a surprise wedding to Sam on Valentine’s Day 2018 – three months after they met (photo showing off their wedding rings after getting married)

Frances with her father, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Frances with her father, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

During the proposal, Sam had a bottle of champagne in his hands and cleverly persuaded her to ask him why.

When she was obliged, he replied that he had brought it to drink after proposing to her.

That was two weeks after they first met, and the couple waited another two weeks before telling the world about their whirlwind romance.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott also congratulated the couple at the time, tweeting: ‘Really elated at the news of Francie and Sam’s engagement. We are very proud of her and the Abbotts look forward to welcoming Sam into the family.”

Despite concerns that the couple was moving too fast, Frances previously revealed that her family, including her father, were very supportive of their engagement.

‘I think I’ll meet Tones’ [Tony] can be quite intimidating to anyone, but that’s what I love about Sam,” Frances said.

“He’s so grounded and so good about himself that it felt completely natural. There was no change in voice, no sitting up straight. Dad liked him.’

Frances met Sam, an ex-Olympic rower, in November 2017 - and got engaged two weeks later

Frances met Sam, an ex-Olympic rower, in November 2017 – and got engaged two weeks later

Frances said Sam proposed to her while putting peas in the freezer

Frances said Sam proposed to her while putting peas in the freezer

As for her mother Margie, she was as surprised as anyone when her middle daughter told her about Sam’s proposal.

“Mom was like, ‘Frances, you’re kind of impulsive,'” Frances recalled.

The couple were legally married at a registry in February 2018, but waited to celebrate with their loved ones in Sydney’s exclusive Palm Beach in April.

“The festive part isn’t for a few months, but we’ve made it official in the eyes of the law,” Sam wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the couple showing off their wedding rings.

“We’re the goddamn Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.”

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