Rumi and Sir Carter: Are these really the names?
Posted July 1st, 2017TMZ reported today that the long-awaited (it's been more than a week!!) names of Beyonce and Jay-Z's twins are Rumi and Sir. The evidence is a trademark application for the names Rumi Carter and Sir Carter. I'm not sure I believe this, but there is a weird twist that makes me belive it just might be true. Rumi and Sir are each names given to 50 babies in the US last year: Rumi was used for 26 girls and 24 boys, while Sir was given to 50 baby boys. Beyonce and Jay-Z showed with their daughter Blue Ivy's name that they're interested in a name's numerical symbolism -- Ivy = IV = 4, the couple's lucky number. And choosing two names with exactly equal popularity would be a subtle and ingenious way to link the names. Rumi is a really fascinating name whose only downside is that it sounds like the word "roomy." It's a Japanese female name meaning beauty and flow, as well as lapis lazuli -- a gem that's blue, which of course relates to Blue Ivy. The best-known Rumi is the 13th century Sufi mystic and poet, whose poem "The Diver's Clothes Lying Empty" has influenced several contemporary authors, such as Vendela Vida, who wrote a novel with a nearly identical title. Sir is an honorific-turned-name, the way King, Bishop, or Mister are. But we have to say, we like Rumi and lot better than Sir. If Bey and Jay wanted to do the numerical thing, there are several boys' names that fit the bill that sound kinda cooler. Knight is another, similar name given to 50 boys last year that might make a better choice. Sampson is a great 50-boy choice, denoting strength without coming out and saying it, as is Reeve, which is the name of aviator Charles and writer Anne Lindbergh's youngest daughter. Unisex names given to 26 boys last year include Indy, which was also used for 57 girls; Kirin, also given to 10 girls; Koi, also given to 19 girls; Ripley, also given to 128 girls. Other outstanding 26-boy names are Nicodemus, Odysseus, and Quintus.