Elton John's son named after rescue dog

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2013 03:42 hrs

London, Feb 3 (IANS) Singer Elton John has named his second son Elijah Joseph Daniel, and he says one of the names is after a rescue dog.

The "Rocket Man" singer and his husband, David Furnish, welcomed their second boy, Elijah Joseph Daniel, through a surrogate mother Jan 11. Each of his names has a unique significance, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"I have always liked names that have resonated over hundreds of years. When we were discussing the name of our second child, we liked the sound of Zachary and Elijah together, there is a nice rhythm to the two names," John told Britain's Hello! magazine.

"We chose the name Joseph because we liked it, and it also reminds us of a much-loved rescue dog who lived with us for many years," he added.

Furnish explained the 'Daniel' in Elijah's name. It is after one of John's singles from 1973 - just as it is in the case of their first son, Zachary.

"One of Zachary's middle names, Levon, is the title of an Elton John song. We chose it because there is a line in the song 'He was born on Christmas Day' - and of course Zachary was born on December 25, 2010.

"So we also wanted to give Elijah one of Elton's songs in his name. 'Daniel' has been a significant name in Elton's career and it has always been one of my favourite songs so it was a perfect choice," said Furnish.

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