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Nameberry Nine: Meaning matters

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For this week’s Nameberry Nine, columnist Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain talks about the myriad sources of baby name meaning and inspiration, from family to philosophy to art to politics to nature.

Beyonce is a new mom! She and Jay-Z have yet to officially confirm their daughter’s appellation but based on celeb friends’ comments and Tweets, it seems almost certain that their little girl is named Blue Ivy.

Speculators have been mining the star couple’s family histories for possibilities, just like her own mother did when she turned a family surname into the future star’s unique appellation. It appears that Ivy might be a reference to the number four – IV. Shades of Harper Seven Beckham, anyone?

As for Blue, she wouldn’t be the first, certainly not in Hollywood. She could have play dates with Alicia Silverstone’s son, Bear Blu. Ella Bleu Travolta is old enough to babysit, and so is U2 guitarist The Edge’s daughter Blue Angel. And Cher’s son Elijah Blue, who started the whole Blue-as-name thing, is over thirty.

Some will probably dismiss this one as wacky, but with Violet and Scarlett in favor, why not Blue? Others might object that blue is a synonym for feeling low. But then there are blue skies and bluebirds of happiness, too.

The thing about unusual names is this: choices that we might dismiss as outlandish and unwearable are transformed when the parents reveal their thinking. Something tells me that, should Beyonce and Jay-Z share their rationale, this name could be nothing short of perfect.

Baby names with intriguing meanings seemed to be all over the place this week, along with a few choices that were just plain pretty.

Whitsun – Can a name be edgy and cool, and yet spiritually significant, too?  Thanks to Jodi for pointing to blogger Molly Piper and her family’s naming philosophy.  The Pipers choose names that are actual words with meanings that resonate for them.  Youngest son Whitsun’s appellation refers to Pentecost – White Sunday, fifty days after EasterWhit makes for a smart short form.

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Guess Beyonce’s Baby Name!

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NEWS FLASH! Beyoncé gave birth last night to a baby girl with husband Jay-Z and the name is reportedly Blue Ivy….or maybe Ivy Blue.  Stay tuned for breaking baby name news….

The Beyoncé Baby Name Watch is in full swing, with rumors (false) flying that the singer’s baby girl with producer Jay-Z was born on New Year’s Eve and named Tiana-May.

While Tiana-May might be a pretty name, we’re frankly hoping for something more original, more exotic, more – well, more like Beyoncé itself from the woman who made her own unique name a household word.

The name Beyoncé was created from the singer’s mother Tina’s maiden name, Beyincé.  Her full name is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, while dad Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter.

Inventive names run in Beyoncé’s family.  Her sister’s name is Solange Piaget.  Solange is a French saint’s name that means “solemn.”  The Knowles’ girls’ maternal grandparents were named Lumis and Agnez.

Beyoncé has even created an alter-ego with an imposing name: Sasha Fierce, whom she’s described as super-confident and fearless in a way she could never be.

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