Jenner fans around the world are concocting conspiracy theories around her new baby’s name.
And they’re crazy enough to be true.
It’s hard to believe that Kylie Jenner had her first baby with boyfriend Travis Scott almost two weeks ago. For almost a week afterward, Kylie stayed quiet on the baby’s name, even though Jenner insiders said that she’d already picked one out. Then, on February 6th, the world was formally introduced to Stormi Webster.
Before revealing the name Stormi, rumors abounded that the baby’s name would have something to do with butterflies, given the number of very strong hints that were dropped leading up to the baby’s birth. Butterflies have been a major theme throughout Kylie and Travis Scott’s relationship, with the winged insect showing up all over the place.
First, the pair has matching butterfly tattoos on their ankles. Next, Travis gave Kylie a butterfly necklace for her 20th birthday last August. Then, there’s the song “Butterfly Effect” that Travis wrote about his relationship with Kylie. On top of all that, there was a scene in the “To Our Daughter” video where the camera focused on butterflies decorating Stormi’s nursery.
As a result of all this butterfly imagery, the front-runner in the name race was Mariposa, the Spanish word for butterfly. This was even reinforced with the release of Posie-K, Kylie’s new line of lip products released on the same day Stormi was born.
But then, Kylie popped everyone’s bubble by announcing the name Stormi on February 6th.
Now Twitter users are explaining that even though the name Stormi doesn’t appear to have anything to do with butterflies at first glance, the name and the bug are actually intricately related.
“Stormi” is short for Storm. A storm can be caused by a minute localized change in a complex system. That’s known as the butterfly effect. Butterfly in Spanish is Mariposa...— Damita Joe (@JoS_A_Skank) February 6, 2018
As this Twitter user helpfully explains, “‘Stormi’ is short for Storm. A storm can be caused by a minute localized change in a complex system. That’s known as the butterfly effect.”
He’s totally right. The Butterfly Effect is a phrase coined by American mathematician Edward Lorenz to describe how a tiny change in initial conditions can have huge effect on a complex system, like how a flap of a butterfly’s wings can cause a tornado thousands of miles away.
And credit where credit’s due, one Twitter user did correctly guess the name before anyone else did.