When Kim Kardashian first announced the name of her daughter, the Internet was divided over how they felt about the name Chicago, but it was clear that Kanye West, the Chi Town native, was the one who picked it out. And now Kim has revealed that she also had mixed feelings about the name and the decision to go with a tribute to her husband’s hometown is one that still “kind of messes” with her.
The Keeping up with the Kardashians star wanted to go with Jo West in honor of her grandmother Mary-Jo Shannon.
“We were gonna name her 'Jo' because my grandma Mary Jo or we were gonna go with 'Grace' and then it was 'Chicago,'” Kim revealed on Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
"Grace" or "Jo" would have also been a one-syllable name like her daughter North, four and son Saint, two, which Kim has said is sort of her “thing” during her last appearance on the talk show
“But you told me you wanted a one syllable,” Ellen said in the teaser clip. 'When I was pitching names you said you wanted one syllable.”
“And I did,” Kim responded.
“So... Chicago is not one syllable.”
“Yeah, it kind of messes with me, I'm not gonna lie. I really like the one syllable thing,” Kim admitted.
Ellen went on to ask: Because Kanye wanted Chicago? Because he's from there?
“I don't even know...obviously because he's from Chicago but that is a place that made him.”
Kim later revealed that Kanye wanted to name his daughter after his late mother, Donda, who died is 2007 of heart disease following a surgery. And though they both love the name Donda, “I just wasn’t sure if it’s too much to live up to,” she explained. “I just felt like Chicago is cool and different.” And with the nickname "Chi" still sort of one syllable.
Watch part of the interview here.