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Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z, arrives: The kooky celebrity name trend continues.

Blue Ivy.

The most anticipated baby in America was born Saturday night, and the kooky celebrity name trend continues.
Beyonce Knowles with her husband, Jay-Z, in September. (Charles Krupa - AP)

The daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z joins her cohorts Apple, Bear Blu, even Pilot Inspektor (see a full rundown here) in the “my parents are too cool for babynames.com” cabinet.

Once word leaked of her name (confirmed on twitter by the mother who arguably kicked off this trend, Gwyneth Paltrow), Blue Ivy ignited millions of reactions and blogs sprouted with analysts attempting to decipher its meaning. One of the most in-depth and straight-faced was from the pop culture Web site Global Grind.

Writers their explained the name this way:

“We’ll start with the baby’s first name, Blue. The obvious; Jay-Z’s franchise albums have been called the Blueprint. Blue consist of 4 letters which can be linked to Beyonce’s love for the number four, and a tribute to her husband.

As far as the color blue, it’s considered the coolest color of the spectrum. Ancient Egyptian used blue to represent the heavens. Blue also symbolizes the Virgin Mary. The color represents inspiration, sincerity and spirituality.

Next, let’s break down the middle name, Ivy. Beyonce has gone on record saying how important the number “4” is to her. She told Billboard Magazine, “We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.”

With the number being so special to her, it makes sense that she would incorporate her favorite number into her child’s name.

Ivy contains the roman numeral IV as it’s first two letters, which we all know is the number 4. “

Ah, yes, the Roman numeral switch up! Now it’s clear.

The explanation goes on, but as one commenter on the site noted, the blog editors might have over-thought this name a bit.

Another explanation may be that Blue Ivy’s parents knew that their was no reason to follow rules like the level-headed advice Jennifer Griffin gives in her new baby-naming book, “Bring Back Beatrice!” (Workman Publishing, 2011):

“Give him a name that will work in any situation and if he wants a cooler name for show business, he’ll change it himself.”

Little Blue Ivy will never, even when her tendrils grow into adulthood, be obscure. Why give her a name that suggests otherwise?

Besides, is pairing two rather pretty words together to make a name so wrong?

What do you think of Blue Ivy? What do you think of unconventional names in general? Will they have an impact on the child?

By  |  11:03 PM ET, 01/08/2012

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