Tyson Fury's unusual children name meanings - and why four could change

Paris Fury recently opened up about life as mum-of-seven in her new book How Does She Do It? The Kids, Tyson & Me, in which she revealed she once considered hiring an extra pair of hands around the house
Paris Fury recently opened up about life as mum-of-seven in her new book How Does She Do It? -Credit:INSTAGRAM/parisfury1

Tyson Fury, the heavyweight boxing champion, welcomed his seventh child last year, continuing the family tradition of powerful names.

The 'Gypsy King' battled with Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk, in Riyadh on Saturday (May 18) evening, losing on split decision. Both fighters had the opportunity to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

But when he's not in training camp in San Francisco, he enjoys spending time with his large family.

Tyson and his wife Paris, who have been married for 15 years, are parents to seven children. Their newest addition, born last September, was named Prince Rico, joining his three older brothers in sharing the regal first name.

The couple, who have been together since 2006 and tied the knot in 2008, decided all their sons should carry the name Prince. Tyson explained this choice in the 2020 ITV documentary Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King, stating: "I'm a king and they're princes until they earn their rightful name."

tyson fury with wife paris and seven children
Tyson Fury with wife, Paris, and their seven children -Credit:INSTAGRAM/parisfury1

Each of the boys also has a unique second name to distinguish them. Most of these names are associated with strength, reports the Mirror.

Rico, the youngest of the clan, has a name of Mexican origin, often used as a nickname for Enrico and Ricardo, which means 'brave ruler'. It is however possible he was also named after Tyson's cousin, Rico, who sadly lost his life in a knife attack in 2022.

The Fury family certainly have a penchant for unique names, with their next youngest son, Prince Adonis Amaziah, drawing inspiration from Greek mythology and the Bible. Adonis, known as the mortal lover of the goddess Athena, signifies handsomeness and leadership, while Amaziah stands for extraordinary strength from God.

His older brother, Prince Tyson II, carries a name that packs a punch, much like his father, heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The name Tyson is thought to mean 'firebrand', symbolising a fiery spirit and confidence traits befitting the son of a boxing legend.

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The eldest of the Fury boys, Prince John James, has been given the most traditional names among his siblings. John, a name steeped in biblical heritage, means 'graced by God' and conveys strength and responsibility, ideal qualities for an eldest son.

James, also rooted in biblical tradition, means 'supplanter', suggesting a protector who will follow and guard.

Interestingly, Prince John James could have had a different name if not for Paris Fury's intervention. In a 2011 interview with the Guardian, Tyson Fury shared: "One night, while I was sleeping, I thought of Venezuela. My wife is called Paris. I'm Tyson and [gesturing to his son] he's called Prince John James. If the girl had a normal name it wouldn't fit in, would it? I wanted to call the boy Patrick but the wife didn't want it."

The origin of the name Venezuela for their daughter remains a bit of a mystery, though the country itself was named by an explorer who likened the stilt houses he saw on a Spanish expedition to those of Venice, hence 'Little Venice' or Veneziola.

The couple continued the geographical theme with their next daughter, Valencia Amber. Besides being a Spanish city, Valencia signifies strength or health, while Amber is a jewel known for its distinct colour and can also symbolise fierceness.

Their third daughter, Athena, has a name steeped in mythology. Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, embodying warfare and craftwork, and the city of Athens was named in her honour.

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