January 9, 2012

Why Beyoncé named her daughter Blue Ivy (3 PHOTOS)

The birth of singer Beyoncé's first child had triggered speculation over the reasons behind the unusual name with fans devising their own theories for the origin of Blue Ivy.

On the surface, Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z appear to have joined the ranks of the many celebrities who opt for quirky names for their offspring, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, whose daughter is called Apple, and Jamie Oliver, whose son is called Buddy Bear.

But some have suggested the name Blue Ivy has cryptic significance for the couple.

A popular theory is Blue was chosen to signify producer Jay-Z's Blueprint albums, while some believe Ivy was chosen because it represents the Roman numeral for four (IV), which is Beyoncé's favourite number.

Jay-Z, whose real name Shawn Carter, has produced three Blueprint albums and if the theory about the significance of the number four is correct, perhaps another addition to the franchise is being planned. Blue is also his favourite colour.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé has previously explained her favourite number and said: "We all have special numbers in our lives, and four is that for me. It’s the day I was born."

The former Destiny's Child star's birthday is September 4 while her mother's is January 4.

More creative suggestions have derived from the claim linking Jay-Z and Beyoncé to the Illuminati, a group of individuals said to be set on controlling world affairs to establish a New World Order.

Among the speculative suggestions is the claim that Ivy is an acronym for "Illuminati's very youngest".
Elsewhere, Blue is said to connote the heavens, sincerity and spirituality while Ivy is said to symbolise eternity or eternal life.

Others who share the same name include the American soul singer Blu Cantrell, the son of Cher and Greg Allmann, who named him Elijah Blue, and Bear Blu, the son of actress Alicia Silverstone.

Regardless of the reasoning, the choice of name proved prescient for one event planning company in Boston.

According to celebrity news website TMZ, the firm called Blue Ivy has been inundated with calls since the announcement of the couple's daughter's name.

The company's owner, Veronica Alexandra, said: "Clearly great minds think alike, and who better than our Blue Ivy to plan events for B&J's Blue Ivy?"

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