Beyoncé And Jay Z’s Creative Baby Names Explained

The Carter’s twins have names! We explain the meaning behind the wonderfully offbeat names

Over the long weekend, the sleuths at TMZ put two and two together and figured out what Beyoncé and Jay Z have almost definitely named their twins. (There’s been no confirmation from the couple themselves, but the evidence is hard to refute.)

The evidence? The couple filed legal documents to trademark two names through their company. The names? Rumi and Sir Carter.

This is all on the heels of an unfounded viral rumour that Bey and Jay had named their twins Bea and Shawn Jr. (Jay’s real name is Shawn Carter, and Bea is, of course, a spin-off of Beyoncé.) But seriously, can you imagine? The parents who came up with something as…shall we just say “creative” a moniker as “Blue Ivy” naming their kids something as pedestrian as Shawn Jr. and Bea? Please.

The names follow the age-old celebrity trend of choosing offbeat and unique baby names. They also follow several newer trends, such as possibly being inspired by royalty (the key part of this trend is inspired, so think Maximus or Reign, not Charlotte or Harry), as well as being based on intellectual or literary heroes.

So what do the names mean? For those who are not well versed in either poetry or philosophy, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, most often known simply as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, philosopher, and scholar. And he’s a big deal; perhaps even the best-selling poet in the US. Although in North America the name Rumi is typically considered a nod to the famous poet and therefore a boy’s name, in Japan it’s most commonly a girl’s name, meaning the Carter’s have hit upon a third trend: gender-neutral names.

There has been no confirmation yet as to the sexes of the twins, and really, given the couple’s proclivity for offbeat names, it’s anyone’s guess. Rumi has an established history of being either a boy or a girl’s name, and although Sir certainly sounds masculine, we can only guess as to its meaning. It might be a spin off the feminine Suri, which means “the sun” in Sanskrit or “Rose” in Persian. Or, if the baby is a girl, it might be that Beyoncé, who has been open about her feminism in the past, is co-opting the traditional masculine title and making it feminine.  It also wouldn’t be the first time a celebrity has taken a traditionally male moniker and made it feminine.

Guess we won’t know the sexes of the babies until Bey and Jay release the first pic. We await with baited breath.


(Image via Stylecaster)

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