TMCnet Feature
November 28, 2012

Will Baby Hashtag Open the Door for Baby Android, Galaxy, and Instagram?

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

Weird baby names have become a part of our culture. If there is a way to spell something with an “i” or a “y”, parents are doing it. In an age of Apples and Blue Ivys and names for newborns that were once reserved for Spearmint Rhino or cruise ships, it’s pretty hard to shock people anymore. One mom has officially trumped them all.

The Huffington Post reported that a baby named Hashtag Jameson’s mother announced her child’s birth—and her bizarre baby name—via Facebook (also a surprise, given the baby’s decidedly Twitter (News - Alert)-esque name). The message reads “Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 o’clock last nite. She weys 8pounds and I luv her so much!!!!!!!!” 

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The name of the mother has been censored from all reproductions of the post, which is probably for the best, but it makes it difficult for those hoping that it is a joke or a typo to ascertain whether or not “Hashtag” is, indeed, the name on her baby girl’s birth certificate. If it is, the playground promises to be an unkind environment for the child as she gets older. Although # may be better than being an unpronounceable symbol, it is still decidedly weird, but chances are that when the baby grows up, it will the Baby Formerly Known as Hashtag.

The baby is, perhaps, the most modern baby of all, embodying all the things that have permeated our society: technology, social media, and “unique” baby names. Hopefully, the name Hashtag will not inspire other parents searching for unique baby names to start inserting actual hashtags, handles, and underscores into their children’s names, which can only be the next step after changing names like “Katie” to “Kady” and “Gavin” to “Gavyn”.

With any luck, the top baby names of 2013 will not be Android (News - Alert), Galaxy, and Instagram.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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