American media personality, businesswoman, socialite, model, and entertainer Paris Hilton has announced her son’s name – Phoenix Barron Hilton Reum.
Last month 42 year old Hilton announced the arrival of her son, who was reportedly born by surrogate, with partner Carter Reum however only made her baby’s name public this week, saying that not even her mother, Kathy Hilton, or sister, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, had been told the name.
Speaking on the latest episode of her podcast This Is Paris, Hilton said she wanted to choose a name on the theme of world cities, like herself, but one that also had “other meanings”.
The name Phoenix, which is also the name of the capital city of Arizona, has a long and storied history in Greek mythology and culture. Derived from the Greek word "phoinix," which means "dark red," the name has come to symbolise many different things over the centuries, including rebirth, immortality, and strength.
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In Greek mythology, Phoenix was a mythical bird that was said to be able to live for centuries before bursting into flames and being reborn from its own ashes. This concept of rebirth and regeneration has made Phoenix a popular name for both boys and girls over the years.
In addition to its mythological roots, the name Phoenix has also been used throughout history as a symbol of strength and endurance. The ancient Greeks believed that the bird was a symbol of strength and resilience, and they often depicted it in artwork and literature as a powerful creature that could overcome any obstacle.
Today, the name Phoenix is still used in a variety of ways, from naming businesses and organisations to naming children. Many parents are drawn to the name because of its unique and memorable sound, as well as its rich history and symbolism.
For boys, the name Phoenix is often associated with strength, power, and resilience. It is a popular choice for parents who want to give their son a strong and distinctive name that will set him apart from the crowd.
For girls, the name Phoenix is often associated with rebirth and transformation. It is a popular choice for parents who want to give their daughter a name that represents strength, beauty, and grace.
Overall, the name Phoenix is a powerful and meaningful name that has stood the test of time and a choice that will inspires strength, resilience, and endurance for years to come.
“This is a name that is so special to me. I’ve been planning my children’s names for years and years,” Hilton said, explaining the thought process behind the name, which she had thought of “over a decade ago”.
“I knew even when I was a little girl that I wanted to have a daughter named London, because London is one of my favourite cities in the world, I think it’s such a beautiful name – it could work for a boy or a girl.
“I just think it sounds cute, Paris and London.”
It’s hard to think of a boy name on that theme, I really wanted to stick with the theme of other cities, or a state or a country, just something about the world because I love to travel and I love exotic names,” said Hilton.
The reality star added that she had considered some of her other favourite cities for her son’s name, including Las Vegas (in Nevada) and Aspen (in Colorado) as well as Ibiza, which she admitted sounded “weird”.
“I do believe that names have power and we wanted a name for our baby boy that was uniquely remarkable.”
Echoing the sentiment of the ancient Greeks, Hilton said she had chosen the name of Phoenix because it stands for “hope, rebirth and transformation”.
“Phoenix has a few good pop-culture reference points, but more important it’s the birth that flames out and rises from the ashes to fly again,” she said reading an extract from her upcoming memoir.
“I want my son to grow up knowing that disaster and triumph go around and come around throughout our lives, and that this should give us great hope for the future.”
Hilton explained that her son’s middle name of Barron was in tribute to her grandfather, who she described as her “mentor”.