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Katie Holmes turns mom with baby girl

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes name their first child Suri, meaning "princess" in Hebrew.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 14:44 IST

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcomed their first child together, a baby girl they named Suri, according to a statement from their publicist.

The couple "joyously welcomed the arrival of a baby girl, Suri," the actor's representative said Tuesday. The baby weighed 3.4 kg, the statement said, and her name meant "princess" in Hebrew and "red rose" in Persian.                       

The baby comes about a year after the two became a hot item in Hollywood gossip columns, which breathlessly covered every move of the celebrity lovers. The latest angle was the "silent birth" that Holmes, 26, was scheduled to practice in accordance with teachings of Scientology, to which Cruise, 43, is a long-time adherent.                                                                              

Cruise recently revealed that the couple plan to wed later this summer.

The baby was a first for Holmes, while Cruise has two children, both adopted as infants, from his previous marriage to actress Nicole Kidman.