Green Day Bassist Welcomes Baby Girl Ryan Ruby Mae
Mike Dirnt, who plays bass in the band Green Day, and his wife Brittney have welcomed their second child. Ryan Ruby Mae was born on Nov. 29, but Dirnt only released his daughter's name a few days ago.
We're struck that the children's names appear to be heavily influenced by their parents' names. Anastasia and Estelle are both old-fashioned names that sound regal. Anastasia calls to mind Anastasia Romanova, the Grand Duchess of Russia. And Estelle derives from the Latin for "star." Desiree comes from the Latin for "desire," and there is a long history of Swedish royals named Desiree such as Desiree Clary, who was the Queen of Sweden in the mid-1800s and Princess Désirée who was born in 1938.
The names of Dirnt's children with current wife Brittney, on the other hand, don't sound old-fashioned or regal. Brixton Michael and Ryan Ruby Mae sound, like their mother's name, trendy and cute. Brittney derives from the name of the peninsula and the former province of northwestern France. A native of Brittney is a Breton. Hence, Brixton Michael's name seems to be a joining of his mother's and father's first names.
As for Ryan Ruby Mae, Dirnt's middle name is (surprise, surprise) Ryan. We don't know Brittney's middle name, but we can't help but wonder if Ruby and Mae might also be family names. Although Ryan is more commonly thought of as a boy's name it can be a girl's name, too. In fact, in the last ten years, Ryan as a female name has spiked signficantly.
We've written before about unisex names (Luka, Tatum, and Nicole Richie's son Sparrow, for example). But we've also recently written about other celebrities, like Nina Garcia, who have used family names for their children. With all three of his kids' names, Dirnt hits the big trends.
Were you inspired by your own name or your husband's name when choosing monikers for your kids? What do you think of the names Brixton Michael and Ryan Ruby Mae? What about Estelle Desiree?