You too, your given name is Blue? ‘Violet’, ‘Ocean’, ‘Marina’, ‘Lilac’ and now ‘Blue’, it looks like our favourite colour is a trend in given names.
New trend? Nah, not really, but a growing one for sure.
Anything Blue review – Blue as given name: Blue-named celebrities and trendsetters to push the Blue phenomenon
In 2012, pop music royalties Beyonce and Jay Z named their baby girl Blue Ivy (not Ivy Blue, as per Gwyneth’s correction).
The couple even tried to trademark the name, but lost the bid.
Lovely inspiration? Weird idea? Be that as it may, little Blue Ivy has cast the light on an ancient tradition to name a child by a colour.
We all have in mind the Rose and Scarletts, but there seems to be a growing appetite for blue-related names, at least in the celebrity realm, and we all know how we mere humans find inspiration for baby names, so we can bet on coming across more of these names in the future.
Some blue-related names go back to Ancient Rome, such as Marine, Marin or Marina, very widespread – think of performance artist Marina Abramovic, film producer Marin Karmitz, or the sadly famous far right French political leader Marine Le Pen (although her real name is actually Marion). These three variations of the same latin root mean “coming from the sea”.
To stay on the sea-side, note that the Last King of Scotland’s actor Forest Whitaker and Jurassik Park’s star Jeff Goldblum both named their sons Ocean.
Violet is also a trend in Hollywood, the rest of the USA and Western Europe: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner welcomed a little Violet in 2005, so did singer Christina Milian (2010) and actress Poppy Montgomery (2013). Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and Jordyn Blum had a Violet Maye (2006). As for Scottish supermodel Kirsty Hume and Donovan Leitch, they opted for double purple: Violet Lilac (born in 2004).
True Blood’s actor Stephen Moyer also has a daughter named Lilac.
Okay, maybe Violet and Lilac are cheats: these blues are tinted with red. So how about the purest forms of blueness, such as Blue, Blues, Blu and Bleu?
Whilst Blue Ivy Carter is definitely the most famous of all celebrities named Blue, the little girl is far from being alone in the blue team.
Girls-wise, we count Ella Blue Travolta, daughter of John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Blue Angel Evans, daughter of U2’s The Edge, and Bluebell Madonna, daughter of Ginger Spice/ Geri Halliwell, to name a few.
Meanwhile, the male Blues range from Elijah Blue, the thirty-something son of singer Cher, to Bear Blu, the toddler son of Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone, or lately Blues Anthony, first child of Mad Men star Jessica Paré, born in 2015 – not to mention male model Lucky Blue Smith (the fair hair phenomena pictured below).
The Beauty of the World
By the way, Beyonce has revealed why she named her daughter blue by posting this extract from Rebecca Solnit’s ‘A field guide to getting lost’ on her tumblr account:
“The Beauty of the world is in the colour Blue”. We couldn’t agree more. Expect an increase of sadless baby Blues around you in the years to come.
Unless you’re Italian, in which case you may have to go to court to get the right to name your daughter ‘Blu’…
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