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Oh, baby! That's a bad name

December 31, 2012 - Taste Buds
As mavens of pop culture (well, when it's something interesting to us), the Buds recently came across a story about a mom and dad naming their newborn baby girl "Hashtag." Yup, you read that correctly. They named their child after a Twitter symbol.

Other odd technology-related names including Apple, Mac and Siri are also on the rise, according to an article published on Today's website.

Here's the problem with naming your child after technology. Technology itself goes a million miles an hour and is ever-changing. That's the nature of it. By the time Hashtag reaches adulthood, Twitter will have been a thing of the past, replaced by something bigger and better, leaving this poor girl trying to explain her strange moniker to her friends. Either that, or she can thank her parents for court costs when she goes to legally change her name.

Luckily, none of these names made the top baby names for 2012. Baby Center reports that for girls, the top name was Sophia, and for boys, the top name was Aiden. The top 10 girls' names for 2012 after Sophia were Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Ava, Lily, Zoe, Chloe, Mia and Madison. The top 10 boys' names after Aiden were Jackson, Ethan, Liam, Mason, Noah, Lucas, Jacob, Jayden and Jack. The Buds are pleased to see mostly "normal" names on this.

We suppose that if parents wish to go off the beaten path and choose an unusual or uncommon name for their child, there's not much harm in that. But there is such a thing as going overboard. The Buds like to live by this rule: if you can't envision your child's name on a nameplate in a company president's office, you might want to think of something else. "Hashtag" might be stretching it a bit -- not saying anything about the girl's abilities or outlook, but with such an odd name comes perceptions of an equally odd personality.

So where do the Buds rank as far as names go? Emily is ranked 11th overall. Shaunna is not even in the top 100.

Maybe next year the Buds can adopt new nicknames based on the technology of our favorite foodie websites. Bud Tasty Kitchen and Bud Allrecipes..... those have a nice ring to them, no? Um, no. We'll stick with Bud Em and Bud Shaunna.

And we'll see you next year with more reviews! Happy new year!


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