Why Didn’t Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Name Their New Baby After Rob?

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their fourth child last week. After months of guessing, the couple finally revealed their new baby’s name. Kim shared a photo of the new baby and his name, Psalm West, on her social media accounts.

The name took most fans by surprise, as many fans were convinced that the couple had chosen the name Bear. But many are wondering: “Why didn’t Kim Kardashian and Kanye West name their baby Rob?”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West | ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Rob is a family name

Though the name “Rob” is most commonly associated with Kim’s younger brother, Rob, he’s not the only one in the family with the name. Kim and Rob’s father was Robert Kardashian. Robert Kardashian, who was most known for defending OJ Simpson during his murder trial, died on September 30, 2003, just two months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Kim was very close to her father and frequently posts pictures of the two of them on Instagram. The star has shared how she remembers him working on the OJ Simpson case and how that sparked her interest in the law. It seems, in part, that her father’s work inspired her to pursue a career in justice as well.

She hinted that “Rob” might not be the right fit

During an April appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Kim revealed that she had spent the prior night Googling Armenian boy’s names, but came up empty-handed. She said that she did currently have one name that she was seriously considering – her brother’s name, Rob.

But Kim joked that she thought that it didn’t exactly fit with her other children’s’ names. She listed off North, Saint, Chicago, and then she got to Rob. She said it doesn’t “really go.”

Even though she joked about the blandness of the name, she did make it out that the name was still on the table. Kim said that she liked the sound of “Rob West,” but wasn’t a fan of “Robert West.”

She may not have wanted to single anyone out

Had she chosen to name her new baby Rob, it would have been the first of her children to be named after one of her siblings. This could potentially lead to awkward conversations between her children as to why none of them are named after any of Kim’s other siblings.

Additionally, Rob would be the only sibling that had one of Kim’s children named after him. Though both Kourtney and Khloe seemed on board with Kim naming her child Rob (likely understanding that it is a tribute to their father as well,) knowing the Kardashians, it is likely something that the family would joke about for years.

It’s likely not an issue that Kim wanted to deal with or have her child deal with. Plus, can you imagine the family get-togethers and the confusion that would come when calling out for “Rob?”

They landed on a name that is 100% Kardashian

After all the speculation as to what the name could be, it seems that Kim and Kanye have found the perfect name. The fact that it is one that no one could have guessed just makes it so perfectly Kardashian. As Kim alluded to in her Jimmy Kimmel interview, a normal name just wouldn’t work in her family.

Psalm has multiple meanings for the family and is perhaps the most unique, but most meaningful name of any of the children. Psalm refers to the book of Psalms in the Old Testament. The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 songs and is authored by King David. Psalm literally translates to “song.”

Music and religion have always been important to the family and their new child’s name perfectly captures what matters most to the West family.