Gwen says that she was talking baby names with her No Doubt band mate Tom Dumont’s wife Mieke, who was also pregnant at the time. When the name Zuma came up – as in Zuma Beach, California – Gwen, who was looking for a “quirky” name for her second son, pounced on it.
“I kind of stole it from [Tom],” she says. “I didn’t steal it, I mean his wife didn’t want it. It was just one of those things that just happened. I just wanted Zuma to have a little bit of a quirky name.”
Tom and Mieke ended up settling on Rio Atticus for their son, born last June.
Gwen is gearing up to hit the road with No Doubt this summer, and will be bringing sons Kingston, 2 1/2, and Zuma, 6 months, along.
“Some days I miss the old selfish touring days where you just sleep all day,” she admits. “But those days are gone. I just need to accept it!”
What do you think of the name Zuma? Has it grown on you?