Supermodel Ashley Graham and husband Justin Ervin explained the meaning behind their newborn son’s name, Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin.
On Graham’s “Pretty Big Deal” podcast on Tuesday, Ervin explained that he came up with the name Isaac back when he was in middle school.
“I brainstormed my own [baby names] for my future son and I knew it was going to be Isaac just even from then till now,” he said of the Biblical moniker.
As for the baby’s middle name Menelik, Graham explained that her trip to Ethiopia last Christmas inspired it. Menelik, which means “son of the wise,” was the country’s first emperor.
Giovanni, the baby’s other middle name, is the Italian version of John, the name of both Graham and Ervin’s grandfathers, as well as the founder of Ervin’s church where he was baptized. The couple went with the Italian version because of Ervin’s family’s Italian roots.
“Everything in his name is pointing to legacy, whether it’s Isaac with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or Menelik being royal African roots, and then Giovanni,” Ervin, a filmmaker, said of his son.
Graham, 32, and Ervin, 31, welcomed their first child together on Jan. 18. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces at birth.
They shared the first public look at Isaac on Instagram on Monday, posting a photo of his tiny hand.
SOURCE: Page Six – Leah Bitsky