Another Gun-Inspired Baby Name: Citori

Baby names associated with gun brands — like Barrett, Benelli, Beretta, Browning, Colt, Kimber, Remington, Ruger, Savage, Wesson, and Winchester — are seeing higher usage in the U.S. these days.

And here’s another to add to the list: Citori. It’s a one-hit wonder from 2013 that I spotted in the data recently. “Citori” sounds almost too exotic to be linked to a gun, but here’s a photo of a Browning Citori shotgun:

So how did this shotgun get such a cute name?

It’s “a made-up name, doodled by a company executive on a notepad in a marketing meeting” decades ago. “The name is supposed to sound vaguely Japanese, befitting a gun that has been made since 1973 at the Miroku plant in Japan.”

What do you think of Citori as a baby name? Do you like it more or less than the similar-sounding Satori?

Source: Bourjaily, Phil. “Success Citori.” Field & Stream Jul. 2008: 24.

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