The meaning behind EastEnders star Lacey Turner’s baby name after she welcomes her second child with husband Matt Kay

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Lacey Turner recently welcomed her second child with husband Matt Kay.

The EastEnders actress, 32, who is also mum to 18-month-old Dusty, gave birth to an adorable little boy weighing exactly 6lb on February 3.

And Lacey, who plays Stacey Slater on the BBC soap, and Matt have named their little boy Trilby Fox Kay. But what is the meaning behind the sweet name?

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Speaking about the decision behind the name, Lacey exclusively told us: "I knew a girl once and her sister was called Trilby Fox and I always thought it was such a cool name, and I quite liked it for a boy, so I’ve had it in my head for a really long time!

"It’s nice because when people say, 'What’s his name?” you say, 'Trilby, like the hat.' When we had Dusty, we said, 'Dusty, like Dusty Springfield.'"


The moniker is a unisex name and means “sings with trills”.

Trilby is also a novel by George du Maurier and was published in 1894 where the main character is a girl called Trilby O’Ferrall.

A Trilby hat was also coined following the stage adaption of the novel where the character wore a narrow-brimmed felt hat in the first London production of the play.


The moniker for a boy’s name is of Old English origin.

A fox also symbolises physical and mental responsiveness and ability to be adapt in challenging situations.

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It comes after Lacey revealed she wasn’t actually due for another month but Trilby was born at Watford General Hospital at 36 weeks.

Trilby had to spend two days on the special care baby unit before joining sister Dusty, 18 months, at their four-bedroom house in Hertfordshire.

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