Sir Elton John's Baby: Born On a Christmas Day, Named for "Levon"
The singer and his husband, David Furnish, welcomed Zachary on Christmas Day via surrogate, USMagazine.com learned on Monday.
His second middle name is a reference to Elton John's song, "Levon," which was recorded in 1971, and has this chorus:
He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas Day
when the New York Times said God is dead
And the war's begun
Alvin Tostig has a son today
The name "Levon" was reportedly taken from Levon Helms, singer and drummer of The Band which was, at the time, John and his collaborator's favorite group. (The name Alvin Tostig, on the other hand, is made up.)
The reference to being born on Christmas day, the day their own bundle arrived, was apparently too much for the new dads to pass up. Levon made the baby name charts briefly in the 1950s, and to our ears has a retro appeal. Perhaps because of the Elton John song, or perhaps because it calls to mind Angelina's choice, Knox Leon?
Although Zachary has fallen from its 1997 peak of #13, it remains a popular name in the US (#53). It is also popular in Canada, Australia, England, and Scotland. Fun trivia: Zachary first made the US charts in 1946, one year before Sir John was born. Robin Williams -- another celebrity of the same vintage and with a similar penchant for statement glasses -- also has a son named Zachary.
Jackson, at #25 in the US in 2009, is even more popular than Zachary. (And like Zachary, it's also popular in Australia, Canada and Scotland).
What do you think of the name?