14/08/2014 16:58 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Simon Cowell Names His Baby Son Eric After His Dad

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A very happy Simon Cowell is seen arriving at Lenox Hill Hospital on February 14, 2014 in New York City. Simon Cowell has arrived in New York to visit his partner Lauren Silverman who has reportedly gone into labour. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)

Simon Cowell has called his son Eric after his late father.

The TV and music millionaire and and his American girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, are now the proud parents of a son who was born two weeks early on Valentine's Day weighing in at 6lb 7oz.

The 54-year-old X Factor judge flew to New York and was by his partner's side (despite previous protestations he would not be) as she gave birth, leaving fellow judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden to continue the London auditions of Britain's Got Talent.

He announced the safe arrival of his son on Twitter, saying: "Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome.

"Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages. Named after my dad."

David Walliams joked on Twitter that Cowell had named his son after a host of celebrities and an ex-girlfriend.

He tweeted: "Huge congratulations to @SimonCowell and Lauren Silverman on the birth of their son. They have named him David Sinitta Louis-Walsh Cowell.

Alesha Dixon tweeted: " Congratulations!!! Yay!!! Such great news! Welcome to the world baby Eric! Lots of love xxx #youweremissedtoday :)"


Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to say that calling the baby Eric in honour of the father Cowell 'adored' is a 'lovely tribute'.

Simon's dad died of a heart attack in 1999 aged 81 and has previously described him as a "brilliant mentor".

According to the Parentdish baby name finder, the name Eric means: "Ever kingly' In Scandinavian legend the Viking sea rover Ericson: (son of Eric the Red) landed on the shores of America 500 years before Christopher Columbus."

The new dad was seen nervously puffing on a cigarette before entering the maternity ward and was photographed flying into New York looking stressed.

A friend told the newspaper: "Simon was in shock when he got the pre-dawn call.

"It's not often he loses his cool but this was one of those times."

Alan Sugar and Sinitta, one of Cowell's ex-girlfriends, tweeted Parentdish's own 'exclusive' scary hairy photograph of Simon Cowell's new son - complete with nappy hitched up to his chest, fake chest hair and a thick head of hair.

She said: "All is well and baby boy says 'parents are well and CUTE!'. Happy Valentines day BABY!! #justInTimeValentine!"

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