Name News: Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z Welcome Blue Ivy

Here at Upswing Baby Names, we try to follow a schedule. Tuesdays are name trend posts and Fridays are spotlight name posts (this schedule could change), but exceptions are made for newsworthy events. Such is the birth of Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy.

Blue Ivy creates a pretty picture for sure. As a name, some parents may find Blue Ivy a bit off-the-wall, but as far as celebrity names go it is rather tame. Blue (or Bleu or Blu) is actually rather common among celebrity circles. Way back when, John Travolta and Kelly Preston named their daughter Ella Bleu, several other celebrities followed suit, by using Blue or some variation as a middle name. These celebrities include:

  • Alicia Silverstone: Bear Blu
  • Brett Michaels: Jorja Bleu
  • Soleil Moon Frye: Jagger Joseph Blue

Ivy could have significance for the couple. One story is that Ivy was Beyonce’s Grandmother’s name. Another story is that Ivy was inspired by the roman numeral IV. The number four is significant because both Beyonce and Jay-Z have the number four in their birthdays.  Regardless of back-story, Ivy is currently a very fashionable name choice, containing both the currently stylish letter V, and the equally stylish botanical theme.

While I personally would have rather seen Ivy Blue (some early reports said Ivy Blue was the name), it’s not the worst celebrity name I have encountered.

Welcome Blue Ivy!


  1. Unusual but you are right, not the WORST baby name. Though I hope naming kids a color does not become a trend. “Purple, give back Orange’s cookie!”

    • Are Purple and Orange boys or girls? He he. Nothing would surprise me. People try so hard to give their kids different names. There are perfectly fine color inspired names like Violet and Rose. Ebony and Rue are a little outside the mainstream, but still workable. But I would never advocate some color names.

  2. I agree, Ivy Blue would’ve been better. I can’t imagine going to school with the name Blue! Not the worst name though.

  3. I also prefer Ivy Blue. I was about to make a sarcastic comment about the poor color choice….i.e. one would think it should be Green Ivy. But just on a whim I decided to do a search and, believe it or not, there actually is a Blue Ivy! Which makes me wonder: Were the parents aware of this and does the plant itself have any significance to them?


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