JAY-Z Explains Names for New Twins

'Rumi' is for their favorite poet, and 'Sir' is for the kid's attitude
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2017 8:30 AM CDT
In July, Beyonce poses with her newborn twins.   (Mason Poole/Parkwood Entertainment via AP)
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(Newser) – In a podcast with Rap Radar, JAY-Z opened up about how he and Beyonce settled on the names Rumi and Sir for their new twins. The first honors a poet and the second honors some baby attitude. “Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,” said JAY-Z, per US Weekly. He's referring to the 13th-century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, and the uninitiated can dig into the this BBC story explaining why Rumi is perhaps the "most popular poet in the US." As for Sir, well, that's a little more subjective. “Sir was like, man, come out the gate," says JAY-Z. "He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.” (Read more Jay-Z stories.)

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