Parents name child ‘Like’ after Facebook button

Your child’s name shouldn’t make people laugh or cry.

A postal worker told me she named her daughters Lexus and Kia, which tells you who her favorite is right away.

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And when I was in Romania, a mom tried to doom her child by naming him bin Laden. She chose the name because she kept hearing it repeatedly on CNN and figured he must be important. An English-speaking nurse refused to sign the birth certificate until the name was changed to something I can’t pronounce.

More recently, a family in Israel decided to name their child “Like” after the Facebook button.

As a Guardian reporter writes, at least they didn’t name her “Poke.”

The family is chock full of unusual appellations. Lior and Vardit Adler already have daughters named Dvash (Hebrew for honey) and Pie (as in apple).

But for the new little girl they wanted something “modern and innovative” like Like.

I’d have preferred “Gertrude.” Eighteen years from now, maybe the daughter will too and have it legally changed.

The parents are pleased their child has a unique name, but isn’t that the motive of every parent that concocts a ridiculous moniker?

The Edge, of U2, has a daughter named Blue Angel, so let’s hope she’s a pilot one day. Bandmate Bono named his kid Memphis Eve, which makes me think he had one Irish whisky too many on Beale Street.

Comedian and magician Penn Jillete named his daughter Moxie Crimefighter.

Nicholas Cage named his son Kal-El, the name Superman’s parents gave him.

The list could go on forever.

More than 40 years after the Johnny Cash classic was released, naming a boy Sue sounds like solid parenting.

77 comments Add your comment

Traffic Headache

May 17th, 2011
8:09 pm

People seek out individuality doing stupid things like this and wind up just being pretentious idiots.

Clint

May 17th, 2011
9:23 pm

You obviously don’t know your Superman mythology. Kal-el is Superman’s name. Superman’s father’s name is Jor-el.

jw

May 17th, 2011
9:54 pm

If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place… :)

Rosemary

May 17th, 2011
9:58 pm

Every name was made up at some time, every word for that matter.

GAQT466

May 17th, 2011
10:09 pm

They should be horse-whipped for their stupidity.

Mitchell

May 17th, 2011
10:34 pm

Traffic Headache

May 17th, 2011
8:09 pm

People seek out individuality doing stupid things like this and wind up just being pretentious idiots.

Well said.

Medical Records

May 18th, 2011
12:00 am

If you want to see the epitome of stupid names, a job in medical records is the ticket… I have personally seen files with the following names: Trinidad Tabasco, Kobe (before the basketball player… they got it off a menu… it was in the nurse’s notes), Sushi (no, not related to Kobe), Elvis Presley (first and middle name) and (drumroll please)… Lemonjello and Orangjello. Yes, they were twins.

Steve

May 18th, 2011
12:22 am

Traffic Headache: They don’t ‘wind up’ being pretentious idiots; they pretty much were to begin with.

Drive by

May 18th, 2011
12:25 am

Why do people hate their children?

jahaaz

May 18th, 2011
2:49 am

this is how non serious some parents are about their children

Funny Huh?

May 18th, 2011
3:45 am

I’ve seen my fair share of strange names working for an airline. I once checked in 2 Asian passengers, and I thought it was a joke. But their ID’s proved otherwise. When you print a boarding pass, it comes out last name/first name…and I had

Chun/Kee and Fu/Kit

[...] Parents Name Their Child ‘Like’ After The Facebook Button [...]

to medical records

May 18th, 2011
7:05 am

thanks medical records for the morning humor!!!!

Lannie

May 18th, 2011
7:22 am

I also work in medical records. I’ve seen my share, too. The first one that pops into my head is Latrina.

Chode McBlob

May 18th, 2011
7:35 am

They named their kid “Like”? What kind of stupid name is that? Another kid that will grow up miserable because of his/her name.

Heather

May 18th, 2011
7:48 am

I’ve got to call bull on Lemonjello and Orangejello, people have been claiming to have met or encountered those names for 30 years. Urban legend status.

FrootLoops

May 18th, 2011
8:09 am

WTW Lemonjello and Orangjello?! I hope they have a better middle name. Dayum. Their mom must have been a high school drop out. Sad.

Chode McBlob

May 18th, 2011
8:12 am

I remember at a place I worked at there was someone named “Lavoris”. Just like the mouthwash.

GA voter

May 18th, 2011
8:33 am

Years ago Bill Cosby made comments on this issue with names like Tamiqua etc. There is no shorted of brainless parents on this issue. I have heard of a woman named Leroya (guess they thought they were having a son).

Aquagirl

May 18th, 2011
8:47 am

Heather, you’re underestimating the idiocy level of our general populace.

Becky

May 18th, 2011
8:51 am

@Clint..Guess you can’t read either..He says the name that Superman’s paretns gave him..

Former School Marm

May 18th, 2011
8:55 am

we had a student who’s name was spelled “L-A” pronounced Ladasha. sad, but true. oh, and Diamond Marquise.

jarvis

May 18th, 2011
8:57 am

Studies would show that people with these types of names have a much harder time succeeding in life.

That said, the book Freakonomics explained that it wasn’t because they were given no chance because they had bad names, it was because they were the offspring of people dumb enough to name their children what they did. In short, their parents were stupid, and as a result they were stupid.

brad

May 18th, 2011
9:00 am

It’s Johnny Cash’s fault. He started it all with a boy named Sue.

Troglodyke

May 18th, 2011
9:10 am

I’ve heard more than one person in charge of hiring say they throw resumes in the trash if they have ghetto-sounding names. Racist? You bet. But it happens. Why set your kid up to fail?

I agree that the Oranjello and Lemonjello is an urban myth. I did work with an Aquanetta once, though. One time, in the store where I was working, someone paged her over the loudspeaker and the customer standing in my line looked at his companion and said, “What’s her brother’s name? Aquavelva?”

People who name their children after car models (or other products meant to convey status, such as Nautica, Polo, and Hilfiger) are just morons.

It’s entirely possible to give your child a unique name that doesn’t hold him or her down, or show how ignorant the parents are. I have a unique name, and I thank my parents every day for naming me what they did. It’s pleasant, different, and people ask about it. They also remember it.

jarvis

May 18th, 2011
9:18 am

@Troglodyke, I don’t see how that is racist.

It’s elitist for sure, but they didn’t tell you they were throwing resumes in the trash if the person was a specific race, did they?

brad

May 18th, 2011
9:19 am

It’s not “Trog”, is it? :)

Marz

May 18th, 2011
9:19 am

I worked with a woman named Female (pronounced like Tamale)……she said her mom named her that because it was on the brith certificate as Female child.

jarvis

May 18th, 2011
9:21 am

Female much like Lemonjello and Oranjello can be sniffed out as urban legends on Snopes.

Trubee

May 18th, 2011
9:53 am

Anyone read Catch 22? Doens’t get any better than Major Major Major Major!

Sheila

May 18th, 2011
10:00 am

A nurse has NO right to deny a parent’s right to name their child Bin Laden

Jiggy Smaha

May 18th, 2011
10:13 am

You obviously don’t know your Superman mythology. Kal-el is Superman’s name. Superman’s father’s name is Jor-el.

Clint obviously cannot read. The article said that Kal-el was the name Superman’s parents gave him. What a dumb ass.

jarvis

May 18th, 2011
10:34 am

Sheila, in Romania they might.

pj

May 18th, 2011
10:36 am

Thanks, Med. Records. A friend told me someone in S. America named their child U.S. Navy, which was on the ship in port. I’ve also hears Noxzema and Camry. Not sure why the article didn’t mention Apple or Moon Unit and Dweezil Zappa. I guess it’s true, the list goes on and on…
I guess here in America the nurse couldn’t stop that one family from naming their son Adolph Hitler…poor kid. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6559357

pj

May 18th, 2011
10:40 am

heard, sorry.

pb

May 18th, 2011
11:06 am

I once worked at a DuPont factory, while going to college. There was a young lady there who named one of kids, “Antron”, and the other “Qiana”, after two of the fibers Du Pont produced. Pretty silly to me, but the mother thought they were pretty names… So what can you say?

Dana P.

May 18th, 2011
11:29 am

@ Former School Marm: I call B.S. on your “LaDasha” story — an e-mail with that nonsense has been going around the www for YEARS. Unless you are/were a teacher in Detroit area, I think your lying. And I think the whole story, itself, is untrue.

Rex

May 18th, 2011
11:32 am

George Foreman had it right – just name all your kids George…or Bob.

Cammi317

May 18th, 2011
11:33 am

ROFL@ “Lemonjello” and “Orangjello!” That just made my morning….

Flint

May 18th, 2011
11:35 am

Clint, you obviously didn’t read the article. It says that Superman’s name was Kal-El.

Doug

May 18th, 2011
11:39 am

In Clint’s rush to prove that he knows the Superman mythology better than anyone else (really, he does!) he proved that he isn’t a very good reader.

What about the Children

May 18th, 2011
12:10 pm

Well, you can name your daughter Clitoris or Vagina and think nothing about it, other than the name is so cute….yep there are people named this and name given by a woman…dumb parents produce dumb children.

Miami

May 18th, 2011
12:52 pm

Wow how pathetic.

Miami

May 18th, 2011
12:59 pm

Ferrari or Million would be cute lol

trystme

May 18th, 2011
1:09 pm

People who claim to have known children named Lemonjello and Orangjello are obvious liars.

Ok, these are the cool ones that I have seen as a teacher: The strangest one is Melloweed. Right now we have a Cliche complete with the hyphen over the e’. Another strange one was Mister. There are bunches of brand product names like Lexus, Mercedes, Hennesey, etc. Then there was Happiness, which I kind of like. There are always the ghetto ones that have too many vowels or not enough consonants.

Troglodyke

May 18th, 2011
1:17 pm

It’s elitist for sure, but they didn’t tell you they were throwing resumes in the trash if the person was a specific race, did they?

Racism is being prejudiced about someone strictly because of their race. If you are throwing resumes in the trash because you assume the people are black, then yeah, it’s racism.

It doesn’t matter if you TELL them to their face. It’s still racist. Now, can those resume-senders prove this? Of course not. Employers discriminate all the time against smokers, tattooed people, and shiftless morons, too–and they have every right to, as long as they don’t disclose why. They just say the person wasn’t a good fit for the position. End of story.

As for what my parents named me, it wasn’t Troglodyke. I made that one up myself. :)

Payroll

May 18th, 2011
1:20 pm

In response to Medical Records…I work for a payroll processing company. We see really strange stuff here too i.e.Rejoice, Twilight Joi, twins with the same first and last name, just different middle names, Sha’nasty, every spelling of Tiffany, Kelsey, Tameeka. Never a dull moment around here.

KESJ

May 18th, 2011
1:37 pm

ssmith

May 18th, 2011
2:27 pm

**Clint** Learn to read. The article never said Nicholas Cage gave his son Superman’s DAD’s name: “Nicholas Cage named his son Kal-El, the name Superman’s parents gave him”.

oldskoolmom

May 18th, 2011
3:28 pm

heard this morning during my 2nd graders awards ceromony…. DaMoney, Hennessy, Tryquila, Wykersita and …… Tangreacia… I wish I could scan the program….