Guess Beyonce’s Baby Name!

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 TianaMay.

While TianaMay 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.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are rumored to be expecting a baby girl.  What will her name be?  A creative twist on Beyoncé’s maiden name, like Knola, or on her grandmother’s maiden name Dereon? An energetic unisex alias ala SashaRory, perhaps, or Dasha?  Or maybe Shawn Jr. for a boy or a girl?

The couple might take inspiration from their home décor or their personal heroes, as Mariah Carey did when she named her twins Moroccan and Monroe, with the musical nicknames Roc and Roe.

Or maybe Beyoncé and Jay-Z will discover an exotic name like Suri, the choice of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, or use a name with a private meaning such as Shiloh, the secret name Angelina Jolie once used for herself and later gave to her daughter?

Or maybe Beyoncé and Jay-Z will fool us all with a baby boy they’ll give a conventional name like Mathew, after Beyoncé’s dad.

What’s your guess?  One-of-a-kind, invented, accented, umlauted, or unexpectedly sedate?  We’d love to hear your most creative choices and imaginative ideas.  Winner — or whoever gets closest — gets a copy of our book Beyond Ava & Aiden, for further inspiration!

Check out what your compatriots over at Parents Magazine online are guessing in response to our version of this post there.

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rabia_chrisden Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 12:49 am

All the focus seems to be on Beyonce’s family but what about Jay-Z’s family. His mom’s name is Gloria, he came up with his name based on his musical mentor Jaz-O. I think between the two of them Beyonce & Jay-Z will go with something like Dereon Gloria Carter or something exotic. Beyonce is a fan of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a Bollywood actress; she’s also a fan of Middle Eastern music & is multicultural so any name she & Jay-Z choose will be great and unique.

tianaj Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 1:36 am

I would feel like a traitor if I didn’t vote for Tiana.

lemon Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 1:39 am

I like to refer to the Bey-Jay baby as “Sasha Fierce,” though I don’t think that will be the ultimate choice. Nor do I think they’ll go with Tiana-May (or any double name, for that matter). Dereon? I just can’t imagine Beyonce using her brand’s name, family or not, for a child, so I’d count that out. That being said, I don’t think the name will be something too much of a stretch – I just can’t put my finger on what it will be, though! So, I’m just going to go for it:

Daria Celestine Carter

And, if baby surprises us all by being a boy, I’ll guess Dasan Coro Carter.

dillonsfan01 Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 2:35 am

My vote goes to Tiana too.

Hannah-Banana Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 2:35 am

I don’t know why, but I’m getting a vibe like Ava, Sophie, etc from them. I feel like they’ve tried to make everything about their life as parents as planned as possible and I think if they were that traditional about having a child, seeing as how most celebs just pop’em out willy-nilly, they’ve probably put just as much thought and traditionalism into choosing the baby’s name…

So here’s my guess: If it’s a boy, I feel like since Jay-Z gave up his name the baby will be named Shawn Matthew Carter,

for girls I’m torn between Ava, Mia/Mya, Isabelle, Zoey, or my most out there guess Nevaeh.

MaryB Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 3:05 am

I have always thought Beyonce and Solange made a super-creative and attractive sibset. Both names are one of a kind, but not wierd, they aren’t matchy, but yet they go together perfectly as a set of sisters.
I kind of agree w/ HannaBanana, that she may choose something mainstream like Ava, Sofie, or Madalynn. I don’t think she will pick Tiana although it is pretty.
Girls names ending in “ia” or “ayah” sounds seem to be one of the hottest trends right now(across all demographics). So IMO its possible the name she chooses will end in the ‘ia’ or more likely ‘ayah’ sound.
Hmm I just looked back at Jay-Z’s full name and now my guess is that they will go with ‘Cori Tiana’ using his middle name as a namesake and Beyonce’s mom Tina’s name as inspiration for the middle spot. BTW I also love Piaget as a mn for Solange, it’s just so pretty and unique.

Rosamund Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 4:21 am

I’m going to make a wild guess and say Serenity.
Really looking forward to see what they choose!

austriangirl Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 7:01 am

Maybe something musical like Melody and Harmony or they might choose a family name like Agnes.

mina_gaspar Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 7:32 am

If the reports are right, and it is indeed a girl, my gut is telling me Ayesha (or a variant on it), Veda, Delta (fourth letter, she’s got a thing about the number four) or Shirah.

etb888 Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 9:36 am

Aria Imani Carter

Aria means melody and Imani means faith it would be a beautiful name for a baby girl , can’t wait to see what they choose !

RhiaTayler Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 10:53 am

For a girl, I’m going to go with Brooklyn Gloria Agnez Carter-Knowles.
For a boy, I’m going to go with Shawn Matthew Otis Carter-Knowles.

Mischa Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I think they’ll continue the French name theme. I’ll just take a wild guess with the first names that pop up in my head!

Girl: Corisande
Boy: Lumiére

i.heart.nerds Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I am going to say
Della Agnez Carter
Della Gloria Carter

Beyonce seems to stick to family when choosing names for stuff.

GracePheiffer Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m going with Avrille, since she married in April, which was a big deal to her.

Wildsyringa Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I’m thinking Sabine or Lily for a girl.

RowanaSabe Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 2:26 pm


-sarah- Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Etta or Nola for a girl

Alexia Mae Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Keturah! <3

corsue Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

My random guesses: Genevieve for a girl (keep the french thing going) and Carter for a boy (Wikipedia said Carter was his mom’s maiden name). (sidenote: I keep getting a message that I am posting too quickly. It’s kind of annoying when I’m typing a short answer to get that message and have to wait to post. Is there a way to fix that?)

pam Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Just wanted to chime in and say, I love a lot of these guesses and can imagine many of them being accurate. And it’s safe to say they won’t pick Ethel like Lily Allen, don’t you think?

Mischa Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I forgot to mention the photogragh in this blog. That’s one unusual looking child to say the least. I’m going to remember this photo and it will be interesting to see if the actual baby is anything like it!

pam Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Mischa, I think it’s from one of those combine-the-parents’-faces sites. Jay-Z is a cool guy, but let’s hope the baby looks more like Beyonce.

KickinKay Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Tiana-May is gorgeous but I don’t think that’s what they will use.

Tamber (think Amber with a T) is a beautiful musical name often associated with rapping. So…

Tamber Christina (after her mother)

mkat41896 Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

In my opinion, Beyonce is one of the greatest vocalist of our time. Music has become one with her. I feel her and her musical hubby will go with something musical. I mean think about it, where would Beyonce and Jay-Z be without their music? My top 5 picks are:

1) Tiana-May, because the would be a cute name.
2) Aaminah (ah-MEE-nah) Giselle Carter, Aaminah means lady of peace and harmony and Cadence is a musical name.
3) Eva Agnez Carter, Eva means life and Agnez is a family name.
4) Gia Sophie Carter means queen, & I have a feeling this child will be treated like a queen, Brooklyn is a nod to Jay-Z’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
5) And I’m gonna go for something a little crazy here, but what about Brooklyn Symphony Carter? It’s a good choice in my mind.

1) Houston Corey Carter, this is an nod towards Beyonce’s hometown of Houston Texas.
2) Matthew Shaun Carter, I like the name Matthew, it’s classic and I can see the couple naming their son this, also Beyonce’s sister has a son named Daniel, Matt could join his cousin with a traditional name.
3) West Shaun Carter, maybe the couple will pay name their baby after close friend Kanye West.
4) Trenton Jay Carter, Jay-Z spent much of his childhood in Trenton, NJ, this could make a great name.
5) Jayden Zane Carter, maybe Jay-Z will want to use his own name within his son’s you never know..

Those are my choices!

mkat41896 Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

* I meant Giselle is Beyonce middle name ^ sorry for all the errors haha

miloowen Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I keep getting the you’re posting too fast and not being allowed to post too. It’s very frustrating.

As for what they name their child, I just hope it’s normal.

author in writing Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Regina Giselle/Agnes/Gloria!

missysue Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Mattea Glory Knowles Carter
Agnez Giselle Carter

LJandRL Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Oh wow I have so many guesses! Gisela, Noelle, Agatha, Celestine etc. But here’s my official guess. Since Jay-Z and Beyonce both have nicknames which are letters of the alphabet, Jay and Bey, J and B, and they’re both close to their mothers, I think they’ll go with:

Celeste Gloria Carter nn Celie, Cece or just C 🙂 or another variation on their mothers names such as Celestine Glory Carter.

Celeste means heavenly which its appropriate for Beyonce’s strong religious views, and is French a la Solange. I do think these two will go for something sophisticated with family ties and a French feel. Maybe they’ll even do 2 middle names? Something like Gisela Gloria Celeste or Noelle Gloria Celeste, Noelle being a spin on Knowles.

I don’t think the baby will be named after Beyonce’s father since their relationship has been strained recently, but I could be wrong.

Gisela nn Gia or Gigi would be really cute too.

Anyway, I can’t wait to hear what they actually pick!

DiannaElaine Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Glory Sasha Carter
Gloria Fierce Carter or Gloria Knowles Carter

Shawn Corey Carter II
or Michael Jay Carter (Michael Jackson is Beyonce’s influence)

namemuststay Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Agnez Gloria Carter or Tennon Shawn Carter.

evergreen Says:

January 5th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

The first name that came to mind, for a baby girl for me was Sierra or perhaps Sienna. Just a random guess 🙂

codenamebetty Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 12:57 am

I’m guessing Zara.

MorganaLeFaye Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Just a wild guess- Celeste Tiana Dereon for a girl and Shawn Mathew for a boy.

rollo Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Belletrix Rouge
Roland Lucas

Keyla Says:

January 7th, 2012 at 1:05 am

I’m going to guess Jade Giselle or Giselle Jade. Maybe even Genevieve.

nameseeker3 Says:

January 7th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

My (random) guesses are Jewel (or perhaps the French Version Bijou!), Amaya/Amaia, Amira/Amirah, Lyric, or Coralie (a lovely French name that gives a nod to husband Jay-Z’s middle name Corey).

pam Says:

January 8th, 2012 at 9:12 am

New sources are reporting this morning that Beyonce gave birth last night to a baby girl. E! Online says the name is Blue Ivy Carter. Here’s the report:,,20557098,00.html

Stay tuned!

Mrsb30 Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Here’s a wee video done for Blue Ivy

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