Beyonce’s Baby Girl: The Meaning Behind Her Unique Name

Beyonce and Jay-Z, who welcomed their first child together, a daughter, Saturday night at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, have dazzled us with their baby name choice:  Blue Ivy–or is it Ivy Blue? US Weekly and E! Online, among other celebrity news sites, have reported it both ways, so we’ll have to wait until the star couple confirms the news to find out for sure. Either way, we’re not disappointed.

Blue is a distinctive name, but it’s not literally unique the way Beyonce’s own name is. (Her parents coined their eldest daughter’s name by varying the spelling of her mother Tina‘s maiden name Beyince). And the pop diva’s baby girl isn’t the first celebrity baby to be named Blue. Cher and Greg Allmann led the way when they gave this distinctive moniker to their now-grown son Elijah Blue. Then there’s John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s Ella Bleu, rocker The Edge’s Blue Angel, and Alicia Silverstone’s Bear Blu. Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has a Bluebell.

Other celebrity offspring named after a color include Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s Violet, Toby Maguire’s Ruby, and Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s Levon Green.

Inspired by nature, Ivy is an old-fashioned name that’s starting to make a comeback after a century-long nap. US Weekly reports that the couple chose “Ivy” because of the significance of the number “4″ or “IV,” in their lives.  Beyonce and Jay-Z were born on Sept. 4 and Dec. 4, respectively, were married on April 4, 2008, and Beyonce’s latest album is entitled 4.

Both the names Blue and Ivy may have musical antecedents.  A film about jazz singer Billie Holiday’s life was called Lady Sings the Blues and another early jazz singer was Ivy Anderson.

Update: The couple released a statement Monday night confirming that their daughter’s name is Blue Ivy, according to People. “We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012,” the couple said.

Photo: Joe Seer/Shutterstock

Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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  1. by ME

    On January 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Why are celebrities choosing such odd names?? I get the need to be different, but seriously?

  2. by liz

    On January 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    dats not the reaL meaning of her name! the real meaning is pure evil, poor baby already damning her.

  3. by kate

    On January 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Why are they dazzled by this name and Alicia Silverstone was ripped to shreds for Bear Blu?? They don’t even mention her bab’s name in the list of “Blue” named celebrity babies!? It is ashame that even in the frivolous world of celebrity news there is unjust, bias and stilted reporting …

  4. by geo

    On January 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    well they can name their baby however they like… That’s why we have our own children to name them the way we want… I like this baby is having an original name no one has… Not like the same names used often… That way she will hear her unique name an turn, not like if she has a usual name like jessica or jaqueline or stuff like that…

  5. by Wendy

    On January 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    no matter which way it is “Ivy Blue” or “Blue Ivy” still sounds like a paint color to me. To each his own i guess.

  6. by Stacey

    On January 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Every time I hear it I think of the kids tv show on Nickelodeon- Blues Clues!!! They may like it, but as the child grows older, she may grow to hate her name.

  7. by Mike

    On January 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I read that Blue Ivy spelled backwards (YVI EULB) is Latin for Lucifer’s Daughter.

  8. by Barbara- names meaning

    On May 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    A lot of polymic on Blue Carter’s names, but when we look the past oof their parents, we can say that the meaning is a lil bit shady.

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