A little over a month ago, Beyoncé and Jay- Z showcased their twins to the world on Instagram. Although we have yet to see a full family photo of Bey, Jay-Z, Blue and the twins, it was still perplexing as to the inspiration and meaning behind the newborns. Jay went on the Rap Radar podcast to discuss everything from his relationship with Kanye West, to his album coming to fruition, and how he and Beyoncé picked names for the twins.
Their daughter Rumi was named after their favorite 13th-century poet and lyricist and Sir’s name came as a demeanor and swagger. ” Sir was like , man, come out the gate…. He just came out like, Sir,” he said on Rap Radar.
Moreover, Rumi is not the first time that the Carter/ Knowles family have sought inspiration from literary figures. Months after Blue Ivy’s birth back in 2012, Beyoncé had posted and exert from Rebecca Solnit collection A Field Guide To Getting Lost on her Tumblr, all alluding to the reference, beauty, and significance of the color blue. “… Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it… the purer the water, the deeper the blue.”
Some people have also conjured up the idea that “Ivy ” represents the Roman numeral IV which holds special meaning to Jay Z and Beyoncé who were both born on the fourth day of the month (September and December respectively ) and married on April 4th. In addition, Jay -Z named his album 4:44 and Beyoncé titled her fourth album 4.
In essence, the origins of the names Sir and Rumi are clear compared to the opaque and mysterious origins of Blue Ivy’s name. The marvel of being the first born.