Baby named after Jon Bon Jovi

Blaine and Chera Miller of Regina, Saskatchewan, have been huge Bon Jovi fans since they began dating as teenagers. At their wedding, their first dance was to Bon Jovi’s “Thank You For Loving Me” from the album Crush (2000). And when they had their second child in 2009, they named him Jovi after lead singer Jon Bon Jovi.

What did Jon have to say about it?

It’s humbling. It’s very humbling to think that you’ve touched somebody’s life for them to make such a kind of an important decision in their lives.

Bon Jovi was in Regina on tour this week, so Blaine, Chera and 15-month-old Jovi got a chance to meet the singer (and also the lead guitarist, Richie Sambora). Jon gave the parents a copy of the night’s set list and gave baby Jovi a guitar pick. Photos of Jon meeting Jovi have been posted to Bon Jovi’s Facebook page.

Wondering where Jon Bon Jovi’s stage name came from? It’s a respelling of his birth name, John Bongiovi. The Italian surname Bongiovi is a contraction of Bongiovanni, which is made up of the elements bon, “good,” and giovanni, “John.” So you could say that baby Jovi’s name is basically a contracted, Anglicized version of the Italian form of John.

Source: “Bon Jovi fans who gave baby ‘a bad name’ meet singer,”

5 thoughts on “Baby named after Jon Bon Jovi

  1. I have the same birthday as Jon Bon Jovi – 2nd March. It made me like Livin’ On a Prayer that little bit more.

  2. My second son was Due March 8th, and I was hoping he would make his arrival on the 2nd, but no such luck! :-( LOL! But he was healthy, so that was the main thing.

    I love the name! That’s why I am giving my new baby the name!

    Well actually, I wanted it almost 13 years ago, when we had our first son. But my husband would not agree. So we called him Jon. My husband would not agree 9 1/2 years ago for our second son. I didn’t like Francis, or Richie, so we just went with Joshua. BUT Now… I am pregnant again and he as finally agreed to let me have Jovi. Boy or girl will be Jovi. So he said we have to change Joshua’s name to Bon.

    I have loved Bon Jovi since the beginning. And if you knew me… you would know how much Bon Jovi means to me. My family and friends sure do. LOL! Everything is Bon Jovi. I even have a picture in my living room of Jon, right next to the rest of my family pictures. LOL! I know… I am nuts. LOL! But I love them!!!!!

  3. I named my son Jovi in 2005, but not after Bon Jovi, after Jupiter. It’s an old male hebrew name that doesn’t even hit on the radar scales of popular names. My wee lad Jovi, suits him down to the ground.

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