Ahoy there! Baby Horatio has arrived

RICHARD PARR It is the name of one of Norfolk's most famous sons and symbolises pride in our great county.The mere mention of seafaring hero Horatio Nelson turns thoughts back to the early 19th century and the Battle of Trafalgar.

RICHARD PARR

It is the name of one of Norfolk's most famous sons and symbolises pride in our great county.

The mere mention of seafaring hero Horatio Nelson turns thoughts back to the early 19th century and the Battle of Trafalgar.

His naval exploits earned him a place in history and an iconic monument in London's Trafalgar Square, to say nothing of the many reminders of his boyhood in in the north Norfolk village of Burnham Thorpe.

But now the name of Horatio Nelson lives on in another corner of Norfolk with the birth of a first-born son to Zoe and James Page, of Tivetshall St Mary, near Diss.

The new arrival is certainly unlikely to share his name with anyone else in the school register and in full he is Horatio Nelson David James - and the couple say he will be known as Nelson.

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Mrs Page said that they have given their son such a famous name after his great-grandfather, Horatio Nelson William Downing Carter. He was born in North Norfolk in 1905 - a century after the Battle of Trafalgar and Nelson's death.

“Apart from the family link with the name there is no other maritime connection in our family but we like the name Nelson and that's why our son will be known by his second name of Nelson,” said Mrs Page.

She explained that as far as her family is concerned there was no surprised reaction to the name because the name was already in the family.

“As far as other people are concerned our friends know that we are a bit alternative anyway,” said Mrs Page.

Mrs Page said she didn't know what sex her baby was before the birth and she and her husband didn't have any girls names ready.