Maybe this was already obvious to hip hop enthusiasts, but I just realized that rapper Cardi B's stage name comes from the rum brand Bacardi. Apparently, her sister's name is Hennessy, so everybody jokingly called her by the other alcohol brand name, since it sort of sounded like her actual name, Belcalis. However, Instagram kept deleting any account she set up with the word Bacardi, so she switched it up to Cardi B, which seems to have suited her fairly well. The brand Bacardi was founded in Cuba in 1862 by a man named Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, and the surname probably traces to the French word Picard, meaning "someone from the French region of Picardy". Finally, Picardy comes from pic, an Old French word for "pike", since people in the region traditionally used a lot of pikes in battle.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.