Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: The Meaning Behind Their Baby’s Name

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally revealed the name of their new baby boy. And as was the case with Baby Archie’s name, no one saw this one coming. Kardashian posted a picture of her new baby on Instagram and simply captioned it “Psalm West.”

Though the name is one that never occurred to any of Kardashian’s millions of followers, it goes perfectly with other names the family has chosen. But why did the couple choose this unique name and what does it mean?

Psalm West’s name has biblical origins

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The West family has recently taken a journey to a more spiritual path. While fans may have a hard time understanding just what exactly Kanye’s Sunday Service entails, Kim has said that she believes that these events have been a healing experience for her husband. Kim’s not the only one that feels this way, numerous guests, including talk show host David Letterman, have raved at what an amazing experience Sunday Service is.

Though the name Psalm took most people by surprise, it makes perfect sense, given the importance of God in the couple’s life. The book of Psalms is a book of 150 songs in the Old Testament. A source told People magazine that the bible is very important to Kanye and that Psalms is one of his favorite books: “He reads the Psalms a lot. He talks about the Psalms he loves. So on that level, the baby name isn’t a surprise.” The source also noted that Kanye “really identifies with” King David, the author of the book of Psalms, saying that: “David was a mess, always falling into sin and messing up, but the Bible says he was a ‘man after God’s own heart.'”

Religion has always been important to the Kardashian family as well. Growing up, each of the Kardashian children attended a Presbyterian or Catholic church and attended church regularly. When they were not attending church their father would read the bible and play gospel music. Khloe Kardashian said that once the family stopped attending church, “Sundays then became about him bringing church into our home”

The name Psalm West literally translates to song

The family could have chosen any book in the bible to represent their spirituality, but the book of Psalm has a special meaning. Not only does Kanye relate to King David, but the word Psalm is a Hebrew word that translates to song.

There is no question that song is important to the West family. Kanye has had a passion for music since he was young. He used that passion to gain entrance into Chicago’s American Academy of Art. West dropped out of college to pursue a career in music full time and broke into the industry producing records for Jay-Z and other big-name artists. Throughout his career, he has become one of the most recognizable names in hip hop and has won more Grammys than any other rapper.

Fan reactions to the name Psalm West have been mixed

As with any decision the Kardashian family makes, fans were torn about what they thought about the unique name. Many fans thought the name was perfect, with one fan writing,

“The book of Psalm was created by King David to give praises to God. This name is perfect for where you and Kanye are in your lives right now. You are publicly giving God praise for the world to see.”

Another fan wrote,

“It’s actually pretty perfect. ”

But others thought that the name was self-absorbed and just plain ridiculous. One fan joked,

“Psalm West but no Wild West smh.”

Another wrote,

“Psalm West?! I am deadddddd. Loooooool, Kanye West is so wild with these baby names. Named after one of the most important books in the bible. I cannotttttttt “

But our favorite reaction goes to Twitter user, Mr. Drinks On Me, who simply wrote,

“Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their newborn Psalm West. I have only one question.

Is it a hymn or a her?”