Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Welcome "The Bash"
Rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose welcomed their son Sebastian Taylor Thomaz last week, and we noted that the proud papa had included a nickname for the little guy in his Twitter announcement. Little Sebastian will apparently be called "The Bash." While the name and nickname put us in mind of fellow recent arrival Bastian Kick Sisto (not to mention Tiger Beat favorite Jonathan Taylor Thomas) we wonder if we stumbled onto a new trend in baby naming and announcing.
We know that the world of hip-hop is a nickname-friendly one, from the MC’s of old (Hammer or Lyte for example) to all the Lil’s past and present, to the Sean Combs’ evolution to Diddy, rappers and hip hop stars have a history of playing with persona’s and names. In fact, Wiz Khalifa was born Cameron Thomaz and Amber Rose (like many celebs) dropped her last name, Levonchuck, in favor of a short and sweet first and middle for her stage name.
Hip-hop conventions aside, we noticed that like Wiz and Amber, a few other celebs also chose to share their little one’s nickname with the world. Recall that Uma Thurman’s multi-named daughter was announced in all her 7 name glory with the note that the child would be known as Luna, a nickname presumably derived from her fourth name, Altalune. And E! Network reality couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic included a nickname in the Twitter announcement of their son Edward Duke’s birth, tweeting that "The 'Duke' has landed" when their son arrived.
While some parents are choosing to use nickname as their child’s given name, others are going with the standard name while also putting a preferred nickname out there right away. Maybe announcing the nickname is meant to avoid the use of a disliked but common nickname like Rosie for young Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson or Eddie for Edward Duke Rancic?
What do you think of including a child’s nickname in an announcement? Do you like the nicknames Bash, Duke and Luna?