Cheryl and Liam Payne hold a baby Stephen Bear in hilarious reaction to son's name

Emma Powell
Proud parents: Liam Payne and Cheryl

Cheryl and Liam Payne sparked a flurry of hilarious memes and reactions when they appeared to confirm the name of their son.

The celebrity couple are believed to have chosen the moniker Bear for their first born, who will reportedly take Payne’s surname.

The name was bandied about after survival expert Bear Grylls appeared to tweet his appreciation for the choice of name, posting: “Great choice! Love & blessings to you guys as you start on the greatest adventure...”

Payne replied: “Thanks man hope he grows with an ounce of your courage! You’re a boss (sic).”

The post sparked a flurry of funny tweets with some sharing images of Payne holding a teddy bear while another Photoshopped image showed Stephen Bear being cradled by Cheryl and Payne.

Cheryl and Payne welcomed their first child on March 22.

They announced the arrival on their Instagram accounts where they both shared a picture of Payne holding his son.

The couple have stayed out of the spotlight following the birth and reportedly waited a week before naming their child as they wanted to get to know him first.

“Cheryl and Liam wanted to get to know their baby before deciding on a name,” a source told the Sun.

“They spent over a week getting to know him first before deciding so they got to know him first. They didn't have the name Bear before the birth.

“But they'd been thinking of a name since meeting him and they just felt it suited him.”