Inspiration ... the Croatian town of Hvar inspired the named of singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z's child.

Inspiration ... the Croatian town of Hvar inspired the named of singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z's child. Photo: AP

American superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy has been named an honorary citizen of the Croatian town of Hvar, after reports the couple named her for a local tree.

"The story of the origin of your girl's name, Blue Ivy, has brought huge media attention and great tourism promotion to the town of Hvar," said Mayor Pjerino Bebic in a letter sent to the couple, according to local news portal Dalmacija News.

"I have decided to grant your daughter the status of honorary citizen of the town."

Singer Beyonce with her new baby girl Blue Ivy Carter.

Singer Beyonce with her baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. Photo: AP

Known as the sunniest town in Croatia, Hvar sits on the island of the same name in the Adriatic Sea.

Blue Ivy, born in January, was reportedly named after a tree wrapped in blue ivy the couple had seen on the island during their visit in September 2011, shortly after the two singers announced Beyonce's pregnancy.

Media in Croatia have recently broadcast a video that Beyonce, 30, shot during the visit to Hvar in which she posed next to a tree covered with ivy, saying her child could be named Blue Ivy.

Bebic invited the couple to pay another visit to the island, which is situated off Croatia's central Adriatic coast and boasts 320 sunny days a year.

Beyonce and Jay-Z have already visited the most prominent Croatian coastal town, Dubrovnik, in August 2009.

 

AFP