Zuma Nesta Rock: Behind Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's Name Choice
With many readers expressing their opinions on Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale‘s choice of Zuma Nesta Rock for their new baby boy, we spoke to Linda Rosenkrantz, co-author of The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide By America’s Baby-Naming Experts, about the possible meanings behind each name choice. We’ve also gathered quotables from Linda’s co-author, Pamela Redmond Satran, and PEOPLE’s Jessica Gold Haralson.
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1) Zuma: The likely inspiration, agreed upon by Linda,Pamela, and Jessica, is Zuma Beach in Malibu, Calif, a surf spot Linda describesas "beautiful." Continuing with the place-naming tradition they startedwith older son Kingston, Pamela tells Us Weekly that it’s a spot Gavin has spoken of in the past. "He was standing on Zuma Beach in the early morning after working allnight as a production assistant on a music video and was quoted assaying he realized he was wasting his time. He drove upthe coast, slept in his car, and started making the moves that wouldlaunch his career."
In addition to Gavin’s remarks, PEOPLE’s Jessica says the spot "was the inspiration for Neil Young‘s album Zuma, making the locale a bona-fide musical landmark" that may have interested the singer/songwriters.
Other Zumas that readers may be familiar with include the 2004 videogame, which "required players to removeballs rolling around the computer screen … before they filled up thescreen," says Jessica. Linda also mentions Jacob Zuma, the president ofthe African National Congress, who was dismissed from the government in2005 among allegations of corruption.
2) Nesta: The middle name fits with the theme of Kingston’s first name — Jamaica and reggae! Nesta was Bob Marley‘sgiven name. Linda explains, "He was born Nesta — which means"messenger" — Robert Marley, and reversed the first two names when hecame to America. His son Ziggy honored his late father by calling his little boy Gideon Nesta Robert, and Lauryn Hill also used it as a middle name for her and Rohan Marley‘s son John."
3) Rock: As they did with Kingston, Gwen and Gavin chose togive their second son two middle names. Jessica wonders if the moniker"might be a nod to Rock Steady," No Doubt’s third album. Thedisc was recorded "primarily in Jamaicaand featured a reggae-heavy sound." Meanwhile, Pamela thinks the name"needs no explanation" given the rock-star gene pool Zuma was borninto. Besides, the author says — "We’re long overdue for a Rock Hudson-inspired revival."
Where did you draw baby-naming inspiration from for your kids?