Ever since word got out that Beyoncé and JAY-Z may have named their newborn twins Rumi and Sir, the public has been eager to learn more about the two newest members of the Carter family. Opinions on the names range from love to hate, and that's just fine. However, the one thing you shouldn't say about the Carter twins' names is that they "must be two boys."
Coming from someone with an admittedly odd name (blame my hippy parents), making judgements about someone based solely on their name is never cool. As the Carters have yet to release much information on the already-famous infants, rumors and speculation about Rumi and Sir are to be expected. But saying that there is no way one or both of the twins is a girl is taking it a step too far.
Names do not always connote gender. Many popular names are applied to both boys and girls. In fact, The New York Times reports that unisex, or post-gender, names are on the rise in America. Celebrities such as Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds (their daughter is named James) and Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell (with daughters named Lincoln and Delta) have embraced unique and unconventional names for their children, which often have nothing to do with gender.
TODAY reported that the twins' names may have origins in Persian poetry. Rumi is the name of a 13th Century Persian poet and the title of Sir is found within in his poetry. While Rumi may be named after this male poet — the Carters have yet to respond to Romper's request for comment regarding the names — he or she does not necessarily need to share his gender. In fact, Rumi is also a Japanese girl's name, so the poet may be completely irrelevant to the Carters' choice of baby names.
According to E! News, the world first learned of Rumi and Sir's names via TMZ when Beyoncé and JAY-Z filed trademark documents for the two unique names on June 26, as required by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The two also attempted to trademark the name of their firstborn, Blue Ivy, but failed to do so.
The sexes of the babies have yet to be announced. However, there was speculation that the Carters were welcoming both a baby girl and a baby boy. E! News reported that an unidentified woman arrived at the hospital where Beyoncé was giving birth carrying a bouquet with pink and blue balloons that said "Baby Girl" and Baby Boy," along with a card with "B & J" written on it.
The fact is, none of the information circulating about Rumi and Sir (if those are their real names) has been confirmed or denied by the Carters. Until Beyoncé and JAY-Z release official information on the twins, the gender speculation — which seems entrenched in heteronormative ideas that one's gender matches one's assigned sex at birth — remains just that: speculation.