Apple-Themed Child Names on the Rise

| 3 Dec 2012 14:55

Would you name your child after your brand of choice? No? Congratulations, you're well-adjusted.

Naming a child is difficult. On one hand, you don't want to give them something too weird. They might appreciate it when they're older, but growing up with an easily-mocked handle isn't fun - take that from someone who went through secondary school with a middle name that rhymes with "gay." On the other hand, you don't want to give them anything too boring, like Dave or Andy. If you're going to do that, you may as well go the hog and christen them "Mediocre Smith." One thing you probably shouldn't do, however, is name them after your preferred brand of personal computer.

But that's exactly what more and more parents are doing according to the latest yearly analysis of baby names. The name "Apple," while still relatively rare, rose 15 percent for girls, climbing up 585 spots in the space of a year. For boys, "Mac" climbed by 12 percent. "Siri" has seen a 5% increase in popularity as a girl's name. Yes, I am sirius. Ha ha. Ha.

Now, all of these are actual, genuine names, that aren't necessarily linked to Apple's growing market and pop-culture dominance. No wait, Pippin, Lisa and Newton have all climbed the rankings too, that can't be a coincidence.

According to the fact-finding Elves who work behind the scenes on British TV show, QI, last year there were five babies in the US named "Princewilliam." Princewilliam. One word.

On a not-entirely-unrelated note, back in 2008, a pair of New Zealanders who named their daughter, "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii," had their guardianship temporarily revoked so the court could change her name to something less ludicrous. The judge who ruled on the case described the girl's moniker as a "social disability and a handicap."

Source: The Register

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