Will “North West” Make Pun Names Trendy?

North West - Pun Baby Name

Last week, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian welcomed a baby girl. Most people (including me) thought the couple would opt for a K-name.

Nope.

They settled on North.

And there’s no middle name, so the full name is North West.

Even though Kim had laughed at the suggestion of “North West” on Jay Leno just a few weeks ago.

The internet has been abuzz with reactions, mostly negative:

The name quickly spawned plenty of punchlines, with many Twitter users joking that “Key” and “Wild” must already have been taken.

Now, I have no problem with the name North.

But “North West” is ridiculous. It’s a pun name, like Soda Popp, Mason Dixon, Strong Beer, Pullman Carr, Mud Brown, Married Young and Cole Sellar.

Their baby is just days old and already she’s the butt of countless jokes. So sad.

I’d like to think that most people cringe when they hear a name like “North West.” But I’m sure other people out there genuinely like it. With this in mind, here’s my question:

  • Do you think “North West” will inspire more parents to bestow pun names this year?

I don’t have a way to measure pun name frequency, unfortunately, so we’ll have to rely on anecdotal evidence for this one. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for pun names in the coming months. If you spot any, please let me know.

Source: Others named North praise Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby name choice


10 thoughts on “Will “North West” Make Pun Names Trendy?

  1. They probably did start a trend. Non Hollywood parents- to be are incapable of thinking for themselves. They’ve relied on this “famous for being famous” family to name thousands of children Khloe, Mason & Penelope… and North will jump up soon too, just wait. How will they raise kids who think for themselves if their own parents couldn’t think for themselves with their child’s name

  2. Forgot all about this!

    I mentioned brothers named “South East West” and “North West” toward the end of my Unusual Name Combinations post from late last year.

    Some of the other pun-names from that page: Gold Mine, Married Young, Mud Brown, Never Fail, Orchestra Harp, Sea Shore, Henry Ford Carr, Jolly Jingle Bell, Little Bit Moore.

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