David Bowie died on Jan. 10 knowing he was to become a grandfather, and six months to the date of his death, his son, Duncan Jones, welcomed his first child — a baby boy with wife Rodene Ronquillo.
Film director Jones shared the happy news on Twitter in the early hours of Saturday morning, revealing that the couple had given their son a name that paid tribute to his family: Stenton David Jones.
Stenton is for Bowie’s own father, Haywood Stenton Jones, while David — meaning “beloved” — is, of course, a tribute to the famous grandfather (Bowie’s real name was David Robert Jones).
Stenton doesn’t appear on any of the baby name charts, but it’s far from a passing trend. It may be an unusual choice, but Stenton is said to be an Old English baby boy name meaning “from the rocky farm or estate.”
The baby name Bowie has surged in popularity over the past six months, but that would have been far too obvious a choice for Jones and Ronquillo. Instead, they’ve chosen a strong, powerful name that pays tribute to not just one but two male relatives — one of whom the world will never forget.
Jones, who directed Moon (2009) and Warcraft (2016), announced the pregnancy a month after Bowie’s death from cancer, referring to it on Twitter as the “circle of life.”
The 45-year-old new dad — who has been estranged from his mother, Angie Bowie, since her divorce from Bowie in 1980 — also paid tribute to his wife on Twitter, writing, “All my love and awe to the incredible @rodeneronquillo who made a human being in her belly. Warrior woman & every day, my hero.”
In another lovely turn of events, the news of the arrival of Bowie’s first grandchild came on the same night that the BBC Proms paid tribute to the musical icon with a special themed performance.
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