Would you LOL at the baby name LOL?

Is LOL a baby name? At least two baby name sites think so. One site was featured today at FAIL Blog, and the other is right here:

Is LOL a baby name?

My screenshot comes from BabyNames.com. I can’t tell which site is being mocked (epically!) at FAIL Blog.

I love how both sites take a genderless acronym that stands for “laughing out loud” and try to turn it into a female baby name that means “laughter.”

That being said, I don’t doubt that at least one or two babies out there have the acronym LOL on their birth certificates somewhere. Just as babies have been named ILY, ILYS, and so forth.

What other acronyms or internet slang have the potential to become baby names (or at least have the potential to be declared baby names by some of the less reliable baby name websites)?

I think IRL (in real life) stands a chance. Could be pronounced like Earl.


8 thoughts on “Would you LOL at the baby name LOL?

  1. FAIL Blog’s screenshot is also from BabyNames. I’m a member of the message board there, but I’m not really a fan of the name lists.

    I could see Lolly/Lollie and even Lol being nicknames for Lola or Lolita, but Lol as a given name gets a big fat NO from me.

  2. @Panya – Ah! Thanks for clearing that up. I guess they must have redesigned their site sometime between that screenshot and this one.

  3. For me, LOL calls to mind the name of Data’s daughter, Lal, on Star Trek TNG. I don’t know if it is a name used by Hindi speakers, or just a Hindi word.

  4. I knew a Somali woman whose name was pronounced like LOL, but if I remember correctly her name was either spelled Lul or Luul.

  5. Lol is a name of a character in a british sit-com from the early 90s so it’s apparently an actual name, at least in England, or at least a nick name. I’d love to know the origin of it. The way they pronounce it on the show is “Lull” but in the credits it is spelled Lol. (the show is As Time Goes By if you are interested and the character is Lol Ferris, the gardener who has 7 brothers).

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