The TRUE meaning behind Blue Ivy Carter’s name

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Hours after the highly anticipated birth of Beyonce and Jay Z’s first child, fans are trying to get a firm understanding of the child’s name, and what it means.  Media outlets reported the child was name Ivy Blue (TMZ) and Blue Ivy (E! News).  Which one is correct?  Gwyneth Paltrow, Close friend of Beyonce and Jay Z, set the record straight via Twitter—it’s BLUE IVY!

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Spectators raised an eyebrow at the unique name, but although we may not have understood it, there is a special meaning within the name.

via Global Grind:

First, the name “Blue” is supposedly a tribute to Jay-Z, whose birth name is Shawn Carter. His franchise albums have been called “Blueprint.” Blue contains four letters, and Beyonce has a “love for the number four.” Blue was also the color used in Ancient Egypt to represent the heavens. It symbolizes inspiration, sincerity and spirituality.

The name “Ivy” comes from the plant that symbolizes eternity. Greek and Roman societies revered the ivy for its longevity and hardiness, according to information from GlobalGrind. It has represented eternal life in numerous religions.

According to Good Morning America, the couple chose the name “Ivy” because of the significance of the number “4″ or “IV.” Both Beyonce and Jay-Z were born on the fourth — Sept. 4 and Dec. 4, respectively. They were also married on April 4, 2008, and Beyonce’s latest album is “4.”

Beyonce has said:  “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.”