Hi, I am LIKE!


There is this known dialogue I have heard many times, naam mein kya rakhkha hai?’ (What is in the name?)

Well, well, well…. But it seems there is lot in this name game….

Naming your baby is considered to be one of the exciting tasks for any couple. It is said that the beauty of baby names is the prayer of parents. Names play an impressive role in creating the first impression to child in his future. I have observed that earlier couples preferred to have their baby’s names ethnic, based on cultural background, with a belief that by naming your child, you are setting in the foundation of child’s personality, the thinking patterns and nature too!

However, with the changing trend, these days’ parents just give so-called unique names to their babies, without thinking much about the meaning or its impact on the child. Now, when you search for baby names, you will get one more unique name ‘Like’ which may too appear in the list of funny or weird names!

Recently, an Israeli couple, Lior and Vardit Adler named their child ‘Like’ inspired from Facebook’s ‘like’ button. Initially, it seemed to one of the Facebook’s publicity stunt. However, I doubt that does Facebook really need publicity?

Well, despite of plenty of criticism, Lior and Vardit Adler wanted to call their daughter ‘something unique’ and hence didn’t change the name. I am just wondering, in case they plan their next baby, what will be the name!

With this name game there are some UNIQUE baby names coming to my mind like SEND, COMMENT, SHARE, POKE, TWITTER, TWEET, TAG, ORKUT, CHAT……………… and the list goes on!

Well, when I say name game I am talking about something in terms of business, names that are associated with brands is nothing new. Celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their daughter ‘Apple’. Some time back, an Egyptian couple went the distance and named their daughter ‘Facebook’, a Romanian couple named their daughter named ‘Yahoo’ and a Swedish couple named their son ‘Oliver Google Kai’. There has been news about some parents who try to find out ways to pay homage to corporate brands without saddling their children with so clunky a name, just like the Adler’s recent homage to ‘like’ tab. Few other examples of unique aka wierd names could be David Duchovny’s son ‘kyd’, Jermaine Jackson’s son ‘Jermajesty’, U2 guitarist The Edge’s daughter ‘Blue Angel’, Magician Penn Jillette’s daughter ‘Moxie Crime Fighter’.

Imagine someone naming their child after a popular computer program, software or an Anti-Virus!

I wonder how these babies will react to their names when they grow up. At this stage wondering how will Adler’s daughter introduce herself, “Hi I am Like!”

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Akanksha
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 07:02:17

    Yes you are right there are people named “Escan”

    Reply

  2. Ashish Mohan
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 07:10:05

    Very nice. I Liked the LIKE 😉

    Reply

  3. Av
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 07:13:32

    Weird trend!
    I think I’m gonna name my first born after my favourite scale one the guitar..
    “Hi! i’m Mixolydian!”

    Reply

  4. Hardik Makwana
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 07:18:03

    Hey Rakhi,

    Fantastic Blog…. Sach me naam me bohot kuch rakkha he…

    Regards,
    Hardik….

    Reply

  5. swati rohatgi
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 07:34:46

    hahahah great one! some names can also be Wall, Post! 😉

    Reply

  6. Siddharth
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 10:13:39

    Good analysis…. good lesson to learn…
    Imoportant to have name but its more important to have meaningful name…. 🙂

    Reply

  7. Siddharth
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 10:13:53

    Good analysis…. good lesson to learn…
    Important to have name but its more important to have meaningful name…. 🙂

    Reply

  8. shradha
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 13:21:39

    Hey Rakhi,

    Really good one i liked it….

    Reply

  9. Sukhi Kaur
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 15:12:35

    An interesting read, although I must say, parents really do not put much thought and effort in to naming their children (very sad).

    Great blog Rakhi 🙂

    Reply

  10. Amit
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 15:12:39

    Hey lol!!….this reminds me of shakespeare too!

    Reply

  11. khayali mehta
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 15:33:37

    heyy!!!!!!! i like it…interesting n something different than others thinking…

    Reply

  12. Sandesh Shrivastava
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 16:29:56

    You tell me about my name “Sandesh” , my wife name “Pratima” and my child name is “Srajan”.

    Reply

  13. DEV DIXIT
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 05:22:29

    there is nothing in name by william shakespeare ab naam me kuch nahi rakha hai to inhone apna naamkyu likha:)lolz

    Reply

  14. Rajesh
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 05:55:32

    How about “accept” and “reject”…….nicely written…will like to await for more….

    Reply

  15. hasu
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 10:08:39

    trend is changing.. our days r gone .. we r going from names like lucky to Like 🙂

    Reply

  16. Er. Prashant Gupta
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 16:28:49

    Nice 1 ……will always be waiting for another……….

    Reply

  17. rakhikankane
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 06:21:17

    Well Friends, one more name adds to the list… got the news that the celebrity couple Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy named their new born baby boy ‘Bing’. Though, Bingham is Matt’s mum’s maiden name and Bing Russell was Kate’s dad. Family connections you see… however, little boy Bing may suffer due to Microsoft’s Bing search engine…. I just wanna let him know that he can be friends with Like, Facebook and Google…. 🙂

    Reply

  18. Ashley Joseph
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 06:09:27

    Hello Rakhi,

    Very Interesting story! You made me smile 🙂

    Reply

  19. Nehan
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 07:41:36

    Hi Rakhi,

    This one is entertaining!
    I think Lior and Vardit Adler should name their next baby “Share” :p

    Reply

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