Category archive: names

January 12, 2017

A Four-Letter Word For Swiss Baby

Swiss Miss has gone and done it, opening the crowdsourcing floodgates to unleash the awesome hivemind of her twitter followers and blog readers to come up with a four-letter name her baby boy, aka Swissmister. Gotta be four letters. I...
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June 10, 2016

In Mother Russia, Wifi Password Names Your Kid

From KVIIIlyn's mom:my husband suggested we replace the 'ait' with the Roman numeral symbol for eight! Now our daughter is truly unique.It's funny because, reading this, the most baffling thing to me ends up being, "What the hell kind of...
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April 27, 2016

Neural Net Baby Name Generator by Andrej Karpathy

One weekend last fall Stanford CS doctoral student Andrej Karpathy decided to create a neural net that generated baby names. He fed in a list of 8,000 actual baby names, and the net iterated 8,000 results, 90% of which were...
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March 25, 2016

English Baby Born In Mumbai Doing Well

Rather than do the typical expat thing (?) of going home for the delivery, Financial Times Mumbai bureau chief James Crabtree and his wife decided to have their first kid in India. I mean with an oceanfront hospital called Breach...
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December 13, 2015

Meanwhile, In Berlin Baby Name Trends

While parents in America are supposedly naming their kids after Instagram filters, parents in Berlin are apparently naming their kids after whistleblowers. Maybe we can come together by all agreeing to name our kids after secret NSA surveillance programs....
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December 2, 2015

A Brief History Of People Supposedly Naming Their Kids After Instagram Filters

The idea of naming your kid after an Instagram filter is hot now because of some BabyCenter poll. But it is not new. It was around last week. Did Becca's tweet broke BabyCenter's press release embargo? how long do we...
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November 20, 2015

Girls Named Isis Are The New Boys Named Sue

As dozens of Osamas write college application essays about overcoming bullying, a new generation of kids named Isis arrives to remind the kids named Atticus that it could be worse. When You're Named Isis for the Goddess, Not the Terror...
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October 21, 2015

1,584 Of Seven

Until I clicked through to the actual article [which, is everything on 538 written in this faux-dumb voice?], I had assumed all 1,584 Sevens got their names because their parents were hot for the Borg. Which struck me as...
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August 27, 2015

I'm Sorry, Baby Naming Rights??

I just, I mean, I, I, what? WLS, ABC7 in Chicago is reporting:Chicago rapper Chief Keef has named his son after his record label in an effort to promote his latest album, according to a statement from the CEO of...
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August 18, 2015

Watched Over By Hacked Machines Of Loving Grace

So this guy Ted Benson [who named his kid Everest, great move] just posted about how easy it is to hack Amazon Dash buttons, those ridiculous little gadgets Amazon wants you to put around your life so you can...
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July 15, 2015

I'm Sure There's An Uptick In Romans, Too

Just one more and naming your kid after the kid in the podcast will officially be a trend:There are now two other little boys in the world named Mazlo. Amazed by that.— Roman Mars (@romanmars) July 15, 2015...
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July 10, 2015

Atticus, Life, Complicated

Whoops.We remember Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's 1960 classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," as that novel's moral conscience: kind, wise, honorable, an avatar of integrity who used his gifts as a lawyer to defend a black man falsely accused of...
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July 7, 2015

Naming Opportunities

When you name the heir do a media and financial info dynasty, it's not just the kid; you have to think about how the name will look on a terminal, or a TV caption, or a museum wall. There is...
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April 6, 2015

Vin Needs A Tissue

"Diesel named his new baby Pauline." is the last line of this story. [p6]...
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January 27, 2015

l'Etat Say: Nutella? Banane!

Unlike other third world nannytatorships like Germany, New Zealand, and Scandinavia, France does not maintain a list of approved baby names. It merely grants "civil control officers" of the state the unchecked authority to veto your baby name choices. You...
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January 14, 2015

Philippe Starck Baby Name Generator

Nothing has prepared me--not even blogging about his kid-related designs for 11 years--I tell you nothing has prepared me for the datapoints coming in about Philippe Starck as an actual parent. For example, this bit Simon flagged, which was originally...
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October 20, 2014

'We Do Not Accept Immunized Children': @LosFelizDayCare

Tweeters who liked @HonestToddler and @JennyHolzerMom also liked @LosFelizDayCare: We always practice mindfulness, especially when some of the kids' Amazon pilots get picked up and others' don't.— Los Feliz Day Care (@LosFelizDayCare) October 17, 2014 We NEVER overpraise. When our...
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October 17, 2014

The Godfather Meets The Crazy Uncle

Here's Robert Duvall talking about his new movie, Wild Horses, which he directed:Matthew McConaughey's nephew, Miller Lyte McConaughey, is 8 years old, and he's terrific in it. He has that wacko streak that that whole family has.Robert Duvall is not...
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July 15, 2014

Also Questioning The Patriarchy Since College

Molly Caro May has a great essay about her and her BF/husband Chris Kautz's decision to give their first kid her last name, and his as a middle name. It's a thoughtful look at how equity and patriarchy and awareness...
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June 20, 2014

Khreightyve Baby Names Roundup At STFUParents

Sometimes as a parentblogger, you just have to stop and acknowledge pure WTF genius. And even when a loyal reader and contributor to the DT discourse says it's "the baby name post you should have written," you have to be...
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June 3, 2014

The Deadest Names

By throwing the Social Security Agency's actuarial tables against their name registration data, 538 has come up with some interesting analysis of the age distribution for names in the US. This table of the "Deadest Names" is probably the...
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April 9, 2014

And 140 Kids Were Named Betsy

Vox is breaking some news here that more people named their kid Khaleesi after a Game of Thrones character in 2012 than named their kid Betsy. But I guess I'm surprised that at least 140 people name their kids Betsy...
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April 8, 2014

The Name Of The Year 2014 Final Four Approacheth

Now that the NCAA Finals are behind us for another year, let's take a look at the brackets that really matter: the 2014 Name Of The Year, hosted this time around by The Concourse at Deadspin. I was out...
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March 28, 2014

Glam Rockers' Kids Always Have The Nicest Names, Songs, Palazzo Pants Photo-Ops

In June 1971, three weeks after their son Zowie was born, David and Angie Bowie took a stroll for paparazzo Ron Burton. The resulting photographs are the second coolest thing that resulted from Zowie's birth: #3 is the song...
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January 23, 2014

All I Want For Christmas Is

Regular readers of Daddy Types know we don't go in for celebrity parenting around here. Celebrities are just like us, we figure, except for all the free baby swag they hustle, and so don't warrant special attention. We're taking...
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Mazel Tov! Now Name This Jewish Baby For $20,000

OK, then. A Jewish family in Central New Jersey has put the naming rights for their ninth daughter up for sale on Craigslist. After eight girls, the dad says to the JTA, "we're out of names basically. We needed...
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January 19, 2014

Colonies Diverge On Baby Names For Boys

From the 2013 list of top boys and girls names in Queensland, Australia, we see two things: Top Anglo girls' names seem more consistent throughout the Empire. But many Australians give boys names like ancestral names like Cooper, Harrison and...
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December 12, 2013

Works Every Time!

I am unironically in favor of naming kids with numbers, and with brand names, if that's your thing. So to the Stratemeyers of Tillamook, I say congratulations and bravo, and I pop a can in your newest family member's...
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December 11, 2013

Vladimir Nabarkevious

So yes, Louisiana State defensive end Barkevious Mingo. How'd that happen? Barkevious has a similar beginning to Reese's peanut butter cups. His father, Hugh Mingo, named two of Mingo's older brothers Hugh and Hughtavious. After that, his mother, Barbara Johnson,...
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December 10, 2013

You're Wrong, Person On Cheeses

I don't know how New York Magazine gets their numbers, but they are wrong about how many kids are named Cheese. The Babycenter survey data they show is only for boys. And on BabyCenter's own site, there have been eight...
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October 10, 2013

Music Of The Spheres

Anyone can name his kid Thelonious; the true connoisseur will name his kid Sphere. For the record, Monk's father and son are also Thelonious Spheres. His daughter, Barbara, named after his mother, was known as Boo Boo. She died of...
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September 25, 2013

Those Old-Time Politicians Sure Had Some Names

Granted, they were no Puritans, but as Andy Osterdahl's blog ably proves, turn-of-the-last-century politicians had some unusual names. Flagget H. Trabbic. Galius Zwick. Vendome Tickner. Friend of Frogs. [Oh wait, that's a headline.] The list goes on, a dozen at...
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August 26, 2013

Baby Names Of Wackiness: Where Are All The Pynchon Baby Names?

So yesterday I met some friends' new kid, who they successfully named Atticus. And today in the apparent publicity run-up to the release of his new novel, Bloody Valentine, I read NY Magazine's latest stalker-bio of Thomas Pynchon. And I...
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August 12, 2013

Judge Decrees Baby Is Not The 701st Messiah

1 And there was a woman of the land of Tennessee, who did bring forth a child, and she did call his name Messiah, according to the custom of the land. 2 For a great trend had traveled across the...
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June 30, 2013

Pronounced Ka-nute Is His MIDDLE Name

From the Rolling Stone/US Weekly report on the birth of former SF 49er tight end Eric Johnson's second kid with baby mama Jessica Simpson:Jessica Simpson gave birth to her second child, a baby boy, on Sunday. Us Weekly reports that...
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June 28, 2013

Artists' Kids Have The Greatest Names

There is no better way to end the week than to celebrate the Australian-born New York artist Natalie Jeremijenko for her epic talent and foresight in babynamingJeremijenko's experimental streak extended to the naming of her kids. Her oldest daughter [26]...
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June 21, 2013

Area Couple Manages To Give Child Google-Proof Name

Honestly, given those parents and their perspective on human existence, I think North West is just about the most brilliant hashtag keyword Google search-thwarting baby name in the history of the Celebrity Infotainment Industrial Complex. Think about it: she's completely...
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June 3, 2013

NickMom Points Out Obvious

Not content with filling latenight TV with girly gossip and unfunny poo jokes, Nick Mom has decided to take on the online college course and nanny referral industries by producing pointless, viral-ready infographics. Which, you know, I just got...
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May 7, 2013

Harrison Ford Will Not Name Your Kid For You

So this just happened at the San Francisco International Film Festival:1st question from the audience was would Harrison [Ford] name their son who is scheduled to arrive in 4 Days.Glad he left it to them! #SFIFF— Ted Hope (@TedHope) May...
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April 15, 2013

And If It's A Boy, We'll Name Him Felonious

This is probably one of those days when you come home and hug Biggles, Posie and Tuppence extra tight. And then curl up with a subreddit full of other peoples' eye-opening baby names: "I knew a Hamiley. A combination...
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February 22, 2013

Not Enough Kids Are Named Ib

Am I just not hearing about it, or are more people really somehow not naming their kids Ib? Previously: mid-century rocker by Ib Kofod-Larsen Related: Steve Zuckerman's OG Sesame Street songs...
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February 1, 2013

Area Man Says Baby Naming Is A First Amendment Right

As a Naming Freedom-loving American, I guess it's natural I find the BBC's half-hearted attempt to answer the question, "Why do some countries regulate baby names?" unpersuasive: " it's about meeting certain rules of grammar and gender, and saving the...
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January 15, 2013

The First Production Baby

It's been a tradition at Pixar since Toy Story to list the "production babies" born to crew, in each film's credits. Other animation houses do it, too, and lately video game designers picked up on the trend. [They're called "development...
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November 27, 2012

Crown Prince Olaf's Baby Cadillac

London Cadillac dealer Frank Bennett created this electric-powered "Baby Cadillac" in 1912 as a promotional stunt. It caught the attention of Queen Alexandra, wife of Kind Edward VI, who bought it for her grandson, Crown Prince Olaf of Norway....
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November 5, 2012

'Weird' Science

You know how it used to be that everyone you knew from Hong Kong's English names sounded like they were taken from an E.M Forster novel? Well not anymore. At least I think that's what this really long Atlantic article...
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October 15, 2012

I Count One Homeschooling Dad

There's a lot of Tiger Momming going on in this NY Magazine's profile of five NYC homeschooling families. Also a lot of momming in general. And one dad who taught one class once Antonin Dvorak. Also, parents saying things like...
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October 9, 2012

There Is No I In ADHD

Kids are taking ADHD drugs to offset the effects of underfunded schools: "If I don't take my medicine I'd be having attitudes. I'd be disrespecting my parents. I wouldn't be like this." Despite Quintn's experience with Adderall, the Rocaforts decided...
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October 1, 2012

The Littlest Yahoo

Baby boy Bogue born last night. Mom (@marissamayer) and baby are doing great--we couldn't be more excited!— Zachary Bogue (@zackbogue) October 1, 2012 Just got a large-group email from @marissamayer. She's crowdsourcing suggestions for Baby Boy Bogue's name! How digital...
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September 12, 2012

Silver Cross Surf's Up! Unidentified Local Mum Wipes Out On Sidewalk

My favorite part of this paparazzi photo of Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen's Silver Cross Surf pram and car seat getting stuck in a gap on the sidewalk and pitching him to the ground is his little feet. So cute....
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Chris Verene Family viaEven my Aunt thinks that it is cool to be on @pinterestBTW: Lexus is 5 years old now.— Chris Verene (@ChrisVerene) September 12, 2012...
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