Move Over, Suri Cruise. Welcome to the World, Babyeonce!

Today the heavens opened and angels sang, because Jay-Z and Beyonce became parents last night. Beyonce gave birth to a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter. Originally many news sources were reporting that the baby’s name was Ivy Blue, but it turns out that the baby’s name is actually Blue Ivy. My first reaction to this name was, “Ugh. Another wacky celebrity baby name.” Blue Ivy sounds like a rare type of plant you might find growing in the Amazon. It should not be the name of a cute little person. Ivy Blue is actually kind of cute. Normal enough with just a touch of funk. Why couldn’t they have just flipped the names around? But then I found an article that explains a possible meaning behind the name and I’ve changed my tune a bit.

(via http://www.binsidetv.net)

The article says that the name may be a reference to the fact that the word “Blue” has appeared in many of Jay-Z’s album titles (The Blueprint). It also has four letters, and Beyonce has a connection to the number four. Beyonce said this to Billboard magazine about the significance of the number four in her life:

The new album is called “4.” Aside from this being your fourth solo album, what significance does that number hold?

We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.

Interesting. The article also offers this as an explanation for the middle name Ivy:

 Ivy contains the roman numeral IV as it’s first two letters, which we all know is the number 4. The name itself Ivy comes from the plant which symbolizes eternity. Greek and Roman societies admired the ivy plant for its hardiness and longevity. They believed the plant aided fertility.

If the explanation is correct, then I think Blue Ivy was a really interesting and almost poetic choice. Sure, it’s a little wacky but…they’re Beyonce and Jay-Z. They can get away with it. I bet Bey’s high school English teacher would be proud of the symbolism behind the name.

What do you think of the name Blue Ivy? What about the possible meaning behind it? Cute or over-the-top?

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