Just before the weekend hit, Beyoncé Knowles Carter hopped on Instagram to reveal her newborn twins to the world. Being the gracious and sovereign queen that she is, Bey also confirmed the babies’ names and, inadvertently, their birthday.
Did His and Her Majesty knight their royal babe when they named him Sir Carter? We looked around and the twins’ regal monikers are pretty cool. Check out what we found below.
One theory that has been making its way around the Internet is Baby Rumi is named after 13th century poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sunni Muslim of Sufi tradition. The famed Persian has been hailed as one of the most popular poets in the United States. In fact, Jay-Z may have referenced him on his 4:44 cut “Marcy Me.” The proud father rapped, “I started in lobbies now, probably with Saudis / Sufi to the goofies, I could probably speak Farsi / That’s poetry read a coca leaf from my past.” Rumi’s poems focused on love and spirituality. One of his most famous works reads, “Bring the pure wine of
love and freedom. But Sir, a tornado is coming.”
‘Rumi’ is of Japanese origin. The name can mean “beauty,” depending on how it’s written. It can also mean water and is usually assigned to baby girls.
Before we do any deep dive into the meaning of ‘Sir,’ let’s state the obvious. In present day, the title is used when speaking to a person, usually male, in a position of authority.
In the middle ages, ‘sir’ was used to recognize knights. The purpose of a King ‘knighting’ a man was to recognize and honor his loyalty, merit and service to the throne. ‘Sir’ is also a variant of ‘sire,’ which was used to address people of high social status, especially the king.
We see what Jay did there.