Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have already revealed the name of their newborn baby boy: Saint West! We are utterly flabbergasted. We knew that Kanye had preferred no to go directional with the baby name and all, which is strange enough on its own though the title of Baby North had grown on us with their older daughter, but we were certainly not expecting anyone to name their child Saint.
After a bit of research though it appears the Wests are not the only ones who got creative with this. According to the US Social Security databases, in 2014 there were a total of 32 boys named Saint, and a whole lot more (235 in the United States) named Santos, using the Spanish version to the word. Apparently some mothers are really keen on turning their children into the most pious of boys and girls. It is like calling your child Jesus though, in our opinion. Though Saint is not as common as Jesus, especially among the non-Spanish speaking world, you have to admit it has the same effect. From Yeezus comes Saint…. Oh, boy!
We love Kanye and Kim though, the Kardashian-West combination somehow really appealing to all of us. Apparently she is really good for him as well since there is a bright Kanye smile seen so often these days that one could have never imagined before the Armenian diva’s arrival into his life. We have to congratulate the couple on having their second little one and we are sure that Kanye will make as great a dad to his son as he has been to his daughter.
Coming back to Kim Kardashian’s son’s name, in reality it means someone who has been set aside or chosen by God and the process of canonization has been around from long before Christianity itself. In this day and age, sainthood is often associated with Catholicism but there is much more to the word than that. People have named many Saints for different reasons, from martyrdom to exceptional devoutness.
We are wondering if baby Saint will live up to his name of course, but he was certainly given to the family by God, as far as the Christian religion goes. After all, he will grow up in a family where the father is self-proclaimed a god and renamed Yeezus, his 2013 album stirring his fans up and inspiring some to form a new religion called Yeezianity as part of the “Church of Yeezus” as they say. Absurdity it may be, but who are we to judge?
The name was announced on Kim’s website and twitter account with an emoji family and a Saint West exclamation with capital letters and nothing else. While some reactions to the name were encouraging, some were downright funny (with Kim’s face on the image of the Madonna), and the emoji face of Saint Photoshopped onto a mural painting of an actual saint from Byzantine days. Some were surprised, others condescending, but there doesn’t appear to be major aggression against it. It was to be expected. The Kardashians have never gone conventional and Kanye is no stranger to taking on religions for himself.
Photos courtesy of Vogue, Kim Kardashian West