As bizarre as it seems, singer Beyonce and husband rapper Jay-Z, have filed a trademark application to stop anyone else from copying the name of their one-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
The application, submitted by Beyonce’s company, BGK Trademark Holdings, is currently pending but is expected to be approved, according to the Washington Post. Experts have mixed reaction on the move. “I gave unique names to my kids - Raell, Quasar and Shazahn, and was thinking of copyrighting them. That was because I found that a lot of people were impersonating my name, Alyque, which is also unique. Beyonce’s idea is great.” says communication consultant, Alyque Padamsee.
“Beyonce’s a big star but this copyright thing is bizarre. Although, you can’t deny that with the pressure they have, they need to fiercely protect their kid,” says adman, Prahlad Kakkar. Back home, we also have celebrities who have given their kids unique names, and might want to go the Beyonce way.
Kiaan Raj Kapoor
Parents: Actor Karisma Kapoor and industrialist Sunjay Kapur
Born in March 2010, the couple named their son Kiaan Raj Kapoor. The name which is of American Hebrew origin, and means the grace of God, was chosen by Karisma. The couple also have a daughter named Samaira, which means under God’s rule.
Shahraan and Iqra
Parents: Actor Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt
The couple became parents to twins -a son and daughter - in 2010. The Dutts wanted to give unique names to their babies and so decided on Shahraan for their son, and Iqra for their daughter. While Shahraan means warrior in Persian, Iqra is a Hebrew word that means, to educate. The couple came across these names while on a visit to Egypt.
Parents: Actors Ajay Devgn and Kajol
This couple chose an uncommon name for their daughter, who they named Nysa. Born on 20 April 2003, Nysa is a Greek word for goal. On being asked about the name, Kajol was quoted as saying, “Ajay named our daughter Nysa. He had already decided that if the baby is a girl then she will be called Nysa.” When the couple had a son in 2010, they named him Yug, which means an era.
Parents: Filmmakers Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder
Farah and Shrish Kunder were blessed with triplets in 2008. While their son is called Czar, the daughters are called Anya and Diva. Talking about choosing these names, Shirish says, “While we were deciding on naming our kids, the idea was to have unique and small names. Both Czar and Anya are Russian names. While Czar means an emperor and Anya means grace.”
Zidaan and Aariz Khan
Parents: Actor Zayed Khan and Malaika Khan
While the couple’s 4-year-old son is called Zidaan, the younger one’s named Aariz. “Zayed is a huge fan of soccer player Zinedine Zidane, but the name Zidane didn’t mean anything. I came across Zidaan in a Persian book. It means son. I loved the sound of Aariz, and it means the most respectable one,”says Malaika.