A lot of people were fairly shocked when Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale revealed the name of their new son to be Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, but an Us Weekly expert, Pamela Redmon Satran, did her best to explain the name.
“They’ve continued their own place-naming tradition by naming their son after Zuma Beach in Malibu,” Satran explains, citing a profile of Rossdale which said he had an epiphany that began his career. “He was standing on Zuma Beach in the early morning after working all night as a production assistant on a music video and was quoted as saying he realized he was wasting his time,” Satran says. “He drove up the coast, slept in his car, and started making the moves that would launch his career.”
Zuma is also the name of an album released by Niel Young and Crazy Horse in 1975. Nesta, meanwhile, was Bob Marley’s first name before an immigration official switched it with his middle name, Robert.
“This name obviously links to big brother Kingston’s and is another nod to Jamaica and reggae,” says Satran.
And of course, the name Rock is self-explanatory, given that the baby’s parents are rock stars, Satran says, and the fact that we’re “long overdue for a Rock Hudson-inspired revival.” It may also refer to No Doubt’s third album, Rock Steady, which was recorded primarily in Jamaica. (Big brother Kingston was named after the capital city of Jamaica.)
Source: Us Weekly
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