The origin of the name Blue Ivy remains a source of intrigue for close followers of the Carter family. The name could have been inspired by Jay Z‘s Blueprint albums while Ivy could represent the number four (IV), which corresponds to the birth date of both Beyonce and Jay (Sept. and Dec. 4, respectively). Additionally, Queen Bey’s fourth album boasted the title 4.
With all that in mind, one thing is certain: the names of the new Carter child (or children, if all the twin-speculation is borne out) will be just as original and thoughtfully inspired as their older sister’s. But, what might those names likely be? Billboard has compiled a list of carefully selected (mostly) gender-neutral possibilities below.
Lemon — Beyonce’s most recent, and acclaimed, album Lemonade is a treasure trove of inspiration. Though the most obvious name off the album would, of course, be Lemon — or maybe Aidy, if that’s too not sweet-sounding enough.
Sasha — Considering the gender of the kid/twins remains unknown, it’s all too easy to recall the song “If I Were a Boy.” The song just so happens to be off Bey’s alter-ego-adopting 2008 album I Am… Sasha Fierce.
Freedom — The song “Freedom” signifies the immense cultural and political impact Lemonade has had since its arrival. Because of this, the song title would in turn make an equally impactful name for a new Carter offspring.
Amanda — This name may not be entirely gender-neutral, but on her iconic 2013 hit “***Flawless,” Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie contributes the empowering spoken-word portion of the song. The name Amanda, taken from the end of her first name, would be a beautiful tribute, and an inspiring start to the new child’s journey.
Prince — Aside from the fact that Bey was a live collaborator and obvious acolyte of the late pop/rock legend, what better name for the potential son — or daughter, if you really wanted to make the gender-flipping Puprle One proud — of a Queen?
Ty — Short for “Tidal,” natch.