Rumi and Sir Carter. They’re not names you hear at the playground very often, but then, you likely won’t find their parents Beyoncé and Jay-Z hanging out there either. So, what exactly inspired the couple’s unusual baby name picks for their twins? The ’99 Problems’ rapper set the record straight in a new interview this week.
As we suspected, the name Rumi is in honor of the 13th century Persian poet by the same name – who centuries later happens to be the best-selling poet in the U.S.
“Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,” Jay-Z says of the very popular author behind Instagram-friendly quotes such as, “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”
As for Sir, the 47-year-old Grammy-winner reveals that he and Beyoncé, who are also parents to daughter Blue Ivy, let their newborn son guide that baby name choice.
“Sir was, like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”
I admit, I’ve never really understood how parents can see their tiny brand new baby and suddenly just know what name best fits him. It took me a few months before I felt like I really knew my children, I didn’t feel that automatic bond, that instinctual understanding. Maybe that’s why my husband and I had our names picked months in advance, and stuck with them. Fortunately, those names turned out to suit them pretty well. It was close, though – the runner-up for our second daughter was Grace, a name I have always loved. Now 7, my girl has a lot of wonderful traits… but grace is not one of them!
Jay-Z also admitted that he took a paternity leave of sorts after the twins’ birth, saying, “I booked the tour for October so I could have at least four months … to just really bond and see their fingers and s–t like that,” he said. “They’ll be with me [on tour] anyway, but I’m just saying, like, [I needed] a space where I’m not doing nothing, I’m just focused on them. I’m not thinking about a show at night or anything like that. That’s why the tour is so far away from the release of the album.”
See their fingers and s–t like that. I love it.
Of course, not every dad is in the position to set that kind of time aside, but I think Jay-Z talking about the importance of it is fantastic. Changing diapers, soothing cries, “seeing fingers,” bonding. It all matters.
When did you decide on your baby’s name?
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