By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
2012 was very good to super couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. The couple welcomed their very first child Blue Ivy, and everything regarding their daughter has been headline news. Even when Beyonce announced she was pregnant on stage in epic fashion during the 2011 VMAs, social media went insane. Although Blue Ivy’s arrival didn’t come without speculation and vicious gossip (there are rumors that Beyonce used a surrogate and faked her pregnancy) and plenty of media attention, the Carters didn’t take the typical celebrity path and refused to sell any publication exclusive first pictures of their daughter. Instead, the loving parents published the first pictures of Blue Ivy on Jay-Z’s website.
But the most controversy surrounding Blue Ivy would not be whether or not Beyonce’s birthed her or which parent she resembles the most. It would actually be her name.
Besides fighting numerous legal battles to keep others from using their daughter’s name, many people criticized the couple’s choice in a name for their first-born. It’s normal for celebrities to give their children exotic names, but many were confused by how Beyonce and Jay-Z came up with the name. The couple took all of this in stride, as they released a video in which Beyonce explained how they came up with their daughter’s name.
While standing underneath a beautiful tree, Beyonce explains in the video on her Tumblr page:
“We woke up this morning and took a nice little walk and passed by this beautiful tree. I think it’s Blue Ivy, which will be quite appropriate.”
It’s also been reported that Blue is Jay-Z’s favorite color and 4 is a special number to the couple, so IV could also play a role in the choice.
But regardless of the sentimental reasons as to why Jay-Z and Beyonce chose the name, it didn’t stop the couple for being penned for having the worst girl name of 2012 when it comes to celebrity babies.
BabyNames.com surveyed 2,000 of members and asked them to select the best and worst celebrity baby names. Unfortunately for Blue Ivy, hers took the number one spot for worst girl name. In fact, the name received 47.1 percent of the votes.
Charlotte Grace (parents:Jenn Schefft, Joe Waterman) was voted for the best girl name of 2012.
Although Blue Ivy’s name may be considered ugly to many, we’re pretty sure she’ll have a charmed life anyway, especially since it’s already been reported on several occasions that both Beyonce and Jay-Z are going out their way to make sure she has the best of everything. And why shouldn’t they?
Plus we’re sure a little criticism regarding their child’s name isn’t too hard to take when the couple has been named the top earning celebrity couple of 2012.