Ruminations On The Carter Twins’ Names

Duana Posted by Duana at July 14, 2017 19:05:16 July 14, 2017 19:05:16

As Lainey said earlier, we can officially celebrate the birth of the twins because they were officially acknowledged by Bey – and by her mother Tina. But I am not going to surprise anyone when I say that I didn’t feel like celebrating.

I’m going to be honest— I was hoping the names weren’t true. Even though we knew weeks ago that the copyright applications went in, I somehow hoped they were only parts of their names – nicknames maybe. Or that we would find out we’d been gamed or tricked, that while we were following the trail of the copyrights, the Carters were meanwhile getting birth certificates stamped with other names, ones that would be revealed later… or maybe not at all.

Obviously, the names have significance to the Carters. Rumi is best known as a 13th century Muslim poet, and as Lainey points out, there is a huge societal implication to the name ‘Sir’ – that a young black boy will be addressed for his entire life by a traditionally ‘respectful’ term. He will always either be ‘Mr. Carter’ or ‘Sir’ – and for a child born in a place and time where the Black Lives Matter movement is horrifically necessary, I get it. I do.

I just wished that there was… more. I wish they had several middle names for us to analyze. I wish they were part of longer names – that he was Suriname, called Sir, or that Rumi was short for something. But that would require both of them to be different, because I admit that as they are, they’re well-matched.

What mostly gives me pause, though, is that I don’t know that they’re matched to Blue Ivy. I didn’t love that name when they chose it, but in retrospect, it has layers. “Blue Ivy” is great to say together. At the time, people were obsessed with the fact that Ivy could also be “IV”, or 4…of which, as we know, both Beyoncé and Jay tend to be an aficionados. But day to day they call her ‘Blue’, which is not that unusual as a celeb moniker but isn’t, you know, Lola. It’s a better name than I ever gave it credit for.

So, Sir and Rumi are not bad names, but to me they are small parts of what I imagined they might have been. Am I harboring, however, under any illusions that this is going to be a problem for them at any time in their charmed-since-conception lives?

Not even a little.


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