Jay-Z Reveals The Reason Behind His Daughter Blue Ivy’s Name

BY JO Mensah October 30, 2023 8:55 PM EDT
Jay-Z and Blue Ivy attended the Super Bowl in February Photo source: Instagram/bluivy.carter

Jay-Z has opened up on his first daughter’s name, revealing why they decided to call her Blue Ivy.

The famous US rapper and husband of Beyoncé, in an interview with CBS Mornings, disclosed the inspiration behind his daughter’s unique name.

For years, fans have speculated about the origins of the name, but Jay-Z made it clear that the reason was quite simple and sweet.

The music mogul revealed that the initial plan was to name their daughter Brooklyn, a name with a strong connection to his hometown. However, fate had something different in store.

Blue Ivy’s name was inspired by maternity doctors

Jay-Z explained that when they went for the sonograms during Beyoncé’s pregnancy, the doctors referred to their unborn child as a “blueberry” because of her small size. This endearing nickname stuck with them.

“It was like, look at the little blueberry!” Jay-Z reminisced. The couple found this term of endearment charming, and it grew on them as the months passed.

“For nine months, they were like, ‘look at the little blueberry.’ So it was just natural; we just took the ‘berry’ off and called her Blue,” Jay-Z continued, thus, the iconic name Blue Ivy was born.

Jay-Z’s life and career

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter, is a highly influential American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and businessman. Born on December 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York, Jay-Z has become one of the most prominent figures in the music industry and beyond.

He grew up in the Marcy Projects, a public housing complex in Brooklyn, and faced a challenging environment during his early years. However, he used his experiences as inspiration, and his talent for lyricism quickly became apparent.

Jay-Z’s career in music took off in the 1990s, and he released his debut album, “Reasonable Doubt,” in 1996, which is now considered a classic in the hip-hop genre. He’s renowned for his storytelling prowess and often touches on themes of his upbringing, street life, and personal growth in his lyrics. The rapper has come a long way from a “gangster” rapper to a responsible father.

Jay-Z Chooses Between $500k And Lunch With Himself

Meanwhile, the American rapper has finally weighed in on the trending debate of “$500k or with Jay-Z”.

In an interview, Jay-Z shared his thoughts on the long-standing internet debate: “Would you choose $500,000 or the opportunity to have lunch with the rap icon?”

In no uncertain terms, Jay-Z made it clear that he would pick the $500,000 without hesitation. “The choice is simple,” he said during the interview.

 “The choice is simple, I’d take the $500,000. Having dinner with me? That’s a bad deal.