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May 16, 2011

Like It or Not, Facebook's 'Like' is Now a Baby Name

By Tammy Wolf, TMCnet Web Editor

It seems the more babies that come into the world, the more bizarre and original names are getting. While many celebrities lean toward the imaginative and original, like Alicia Silverstone’s recently newborn son who will (unfortunately) forever carry the cuddly name Bear Blu, others are showcasing their infatuation for technology in naming their next of kin.

An Israeli couple inspired by social networking site Facebook (News - Alert) has named their newborn daughter “Like” after the popular Facebook feature that lets users give their personal thumbs-up to others’ posted photos, statuses and comments.

"We named her Like because it's modern and innovative," Like’s father, Lior Adler, told Israeli daily newspaper Maariv. "I checked that the name does not exist elsewhere in the country; that was the main condition for me. In our opinion it's the modern equivalent of the name Ahava (Love). It's just my way of saying to my fantastic daughter, 'love.'"

While Like is undoubtedly loved and cherished by her creative parents, the announcement of her birth on Facebook garnered an instant 40 “Likes” from Facebook friends of Adler’s. "Considering that I have only a little more than 100 friends on the network, that's a lot,” Adler told Maariv.

As for the family tree, the name “Like” won’t look too rare next to Like’s sisters names: Pie and “Vash,” or Hebrew for “Honey.”

Like’s birth may make history for the Adler family, but it’s leaving many of us around the world balking at the name choice. However, it surely pales in comparison to an Egyptian man’s chosen name for his newborn daughter born in February, as reported by TMCnet. Feeling inspired and thankful that Facebook served as a platform to organize February’s Egyptian demonstrations that played a role in President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation from his longtime post, Egypt citizen Jamal Ibrahim named his newborn daughter Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.

In today’s technology-dominated world, you have to wonder what’s next for baby names. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the name “Tweet” or “Retweet” pop up sometime in the near future.

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Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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