RIHANNA has sent fans wild with her unique first and middle name for her baby son.
MegaRihanna has sent fans wild with her unique first and middle name for her baby son RZA Athelston Mayers[/caption]
GettyHer son’s middle name Athelston is a nod to ASAP Rocky’s middle name Athelaston[/caption]
RZA is believed to be in honor of the producer and rapper RZA, 53.
It is pronounced Rizza, assuming Rihanna is using the same pronunciation as the famous rapper.
He is the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan – the American hip-hop collective formed in Staten Island in 1992.
The group comprises RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol’ Dirty B**tard.
And it appears that Rihanna’s son’s middle name Athelston is a tribute to his father A$AP Rocky‘s own middle name.
ASAP’s real name has been widely reported as being Rakim Athelaston Mayers.
Like his son, ASAP was named after a rapper – he was called Rakim in an ode to one half of the hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim.
Fans flooded social media with praise for RZA’s name and the sweet nod to his father.
One tweeted: “Rakim Athelaston Mayers. RZA Athelston Mayers.
“It just seem so fly man . Rocky and Rihanna are doing everything right.”
Another posted, “ASAP Rocky middle name is Athelaston,” and added crying face emojis.
A third commented: “Nice name tho. This name sounds unique like everything else Rihanna has done.”
Athelstan is a name of English origin, meaning “noble stone.”
It is derived from the Old English æþele and stān, which translates to noble and stone.
The moniker is thought to be linked to Anglo-Saxon nobility, with the first king of England sharing the name.
Rihanna – who is pregnant with her second child – has hinted at her son’s name several times over the past few months.
The Rude Boy singer has teased fans by wearing T-shirts with “Wu-Tang Clan” and “RZA” emblazoned over the front.
On August 12 last year – nearly three months after she gave birth – she wore a baggy white RZA T-shirt in New York City.
And on April 5, Rihanna wore a black Wu-Tang Clan top while carrying her baby son during dinner in Santa Monica.
SplashRihanna gave birth to RZA on May 13 last year[/caption]