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Popularity of the Baby Name Iuma

Number of Babies Named Iuma

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Iuma

Where Did Ariba Come From?

As far as I know, the first internet- or tech-related baby name to debut on the U.S. charts was Iuma, which appeared in 2000 thanks to a baby name contest put on by the now-defunct Internet Underground Music Archive.

…But am I overlooking Ariba?

Like Iuma, the baby name Ariba debuted in 2000, then dropped off the list again in 2001:

  • 2004: 10 baby girls named Ariba
  • 2003: 7 baby girls named Ariba
  • 2002: 8 baby girls named Ariba
  • 2001: unlisted
  • 2000: 11 baby girls named Ariba [debut]
  • 1999: unlisted

Ariba may have simply been a variant spelling of the Muslim name Areeba, which started appearing in the data in the mid-1990s. The names Areebah and Aribah also debuted in the early 2000s, for instance.

On the other hand, it may have been inspired by California software company Ariba, which was making headlines around that time. The B2B company had an impressive IPO in mid-1999, and the stock price surged during 2000. (“Ariba Executes Marketplace Magic” declared The Motley Fool in July.)

Of the hundreds of technology/internet companies (WedMD, Red Hat, Priceline, iVillage, NaviSite, etc.) that went public around the same time, Ariba was one of the few with a name that sounded even remotely human.

But the stock crashed in mid-2001 with the bursting of the dot-com bubble:

Explore more ARBA Data at Wikinvest

What do you think: Did Ariba debut — and then drop off the list just as suddenly — thanks to tech news/hype, or were those 11 Aribas bound to show up in the data regardless due to prevailing trends?

Sources: Twitter’s Up 75%? Bah, That’s Nothing Compared With 1999, Ariba’s next big challenge: managing hypergrowth


For-Profit Baby Names

Money for Baby NamesCalifornia mom-to-be Natasha Hill, the woman who was supposed to be getting $5,000 for allowing strangers to name her unborn baby via Belly Ballot, isn’t really pregnant.

She isn’t even really named “Natasha Hill.”

Her name is Natasha Lloyd, and she’s an actress who was hired by the website’s founder to help drum up publicity.

Yep–the whole thing was a hoax. The folks at Today.com were the ones to figure it out.

When TODAY Moms first reported on the contest, some readers were incredulous; they couldn’t believe a real mom would do such a thing. Now it appears they were right.

Except…they weren’t. Several “real moms” (and dads) have done this very thing. For-profit baby naming schemes are ridiculous, sure, but that doesn’t mean they’re not legit.

Here are all the for-profit baby names (and attempted for-profit baby names) I can think of:

*I never blogged about these three, so here are the details:

  • In 2001, Jason Black and Frances Schroeder of New York tried to auction off the name of the their third child (first son) via Yahoo and eBay. They were aiming for a corporate sponsor, so the bidding started at $500,000. No one bid. They ended up naming the baby Zane Black.
  • In 2002, Bob and Tracy Armstrong from Florida tried to auction off the name of their baby (gender unknown) via eBay. After eBay pulled the auction for the third time, they decided not to try again.
  • In 2002, Heather and Steve Johnston of Washington state tried to auction off the name of their baby boy via eBay. The bidding started at $250,000. I found no follow-up stories, so I imagine the auction was either pulled or unsuccessful.

Video games on one end, $15,000 on the other…such wildly different values placed on baby names. Kinda fascinating, isn’t it?

Sources: $5,000 online baby-name contest revealed as hoax, Mom crowdsources baby name for $5,000

P.S. More hoaxes here.

My Top 40 Baby Name Stories

Open BookOf the hundreds of baby name stories I’ve posted so far, these are my 40 favorites (listed alphabetically).

  1. Actsapostles
  2. Airlene
  3. Aku
  4. Carpathia
  5. Cleveland
  6. Dee Day
  7. Dondi
  8. Emancipation Proclamation
  9. Frances Cleveland
  10. Georgia
  11. Grant
  12. Guynemer
  13. Ida Lewis
  14. Independence & Liberty
  15. Inte & Gration
  16. Invicta
  17. Iuma
  18. Jesse Roper
  19. Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes
  20. Karina
  21. Legal Tender
  22. Livonia
  23. Louisiana Purchase
  24. Maitland Albert
  25. Maria Corazon
  26. Mary Ann
  27. Medina
  28. Pannonica
  29. Pearl
  30. Poncella
  31. Return
  32. Robert
  33. Saarfried
  34. Salida
  35. Seawillow
  36. Speaker
  37. Speedy
  38. States Rights
  39. Thursday October
  40. Zeppelina

My favorite baby name stories tend to be those that I find most memorable. Several of them (e.g., Aku, Karina, Maitland) even taught me something new. In a few cases, it’s not the original story I like so much as something that happened later on in the tale (as with Georgia, Salida, Speaker).

10 Tech-Inspired Baby Names Like ‘Like’

facebook likeA few months ago, PCWorld published a list of 10 tech-inspired baby names better than Like.

I thought I’d compile a similar list, but go in the opposite direction. So below are ten real-life, headline-grabbing, tech-inspired names just like Like.

Starting, of course, with Like:

Like

An Israeli baby girl was named Like after the Facebook “Like Button” in 2011. (Go like baby Like, if you like.)

Facebook

A Egyptian baby girl was named Facebook after the social networking site Facebook in 2011.

Google

A Swedish baby boy was named Google after the search engine Google in 2005.

[I’ve never blogged about this one before, surprisingly. Oliver Google Kai was born on 12 September 2005 in Kalmar, Sweden, to Dr. Walid Elias Kai (who is Lebanese) and his wife Carol (who is Swedish). Google’s response: “We wish him long life and good health, and hope his schoolmates aren’t too hard on him.”]

@

A Chinese baby boy was possibly named @ after the “at” symbol found in e-mail addresses in 2007. (The name may or may not have been approved by the Chinese government.)

Vista

A Canadian baby girl was named Vista after the Windows Vista operating system in 2007.

2.0

An American baby boy was named Jon Blake Cusack 2.0 — 2.0 in place of a more traditional suffix, like II or Jr. — in 2004.

Annanova

A Dutch baby girl was named Annanova after virtual newscaster Ananova in 2000.

Trendy

An English baby boy was named Trendy in part after “Trending Topics” on Twitter in 2011.

Iuma

A handful of babies from various countries were named Iuma as part of the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) baby naming contest in 2000.

Dovahkiin

An American baby boy was named Dovahkiin after a video game character just a few days ago. (Other video game baby names include Zelda and Rinoa)

For less-crazy tech-inspired names, try PCWorld’s list, or try my namestorms for internet lovers and/or computer lovers.

UPDATE, 1/2014: Here’s another tech-related name — an American baby girl has been named Tali’Zorah after a video game character.

UPDATE, 9/2015: And yet another tech-related name — Linux, which debuted on the national list just recently.

Parents Name Baby Dovahkiin, Get Free Video Games

dovahkiinBack in February, video game company Bethesda Softworks announced that it would give a prize to the parents of any 11/11/11 baby named Dovahkiin after the protagonist of their game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The name Dovahkiin means “dragonborn” in the Dragon Language of the game.

I didn’t blog about the offer, but I did mention it in a comment on the 11/11/11 post.

So what happened?

Well, one couple took them up on it.

Megan and Eric Kellermeyer (of the webcomic site Shards) welcomed a baby boy on 11/11/11 and named him Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer. Megan discusses the naming decision here.

Megan and Eric now get free Bethesda video games for life. (Hopefully Bethesda will last longer than IUMA did.)

Thoughts?

Source: Dragonborn!, via Couple Completes Real Life Skyrim Quest, Names Baby Dovahkiin, Gets Free Bethesda Games For Life

Were Any Babies Named Turok in 2002?

In 2002, Acclaim Entertainment held a baby name contest. The video game company offered $10,000 in savings bonds to the first family to welcome a baby on September 1 and name it “Turok” after a the dinosaur-hunting protagonist of the video game Turok: Evolution, set to be released the same day.

Did anyone take them up on the offer? I don’t know. Acclaim Entertainment went out of business in 2004, so there’s no one around to ask.

I haven’t been able to track down any tykes named Turok, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. After all, plenty of babies are named for video game characters nowadays, and some parents do take name contests seriously. Ten babies were named named Iuma in 2000 because of a contest, for instance.

Do you know anyone named Turok? (If so, was his/her name inspired by this contest?)

Source: “Name your baby ‘Turok,’ win $10,000.” USA Today 28 Aug. 2002.

How Many Babies Were Named Iuma in 2000?

IUMA logo, 1997.
IUMA logo, 1997.

Long before MySpace and Napster, there was the Internet Underground Music Archive. IUMA, founded in 1993, was the first major music distribution website. Its goal was to help unsigned artists publicize their music and connect directly with fans.

In mid-2000, IUMA launched the “Name Your Baby IUMA” contest.

You love your baby. You love new music. Prove your love and devotion to both by naming your baby IUMA!

Why a baby name contest?

We had a really small advertising budget. And we were looking for a way to let the whole world know about IUMA and IUMA artists. We couldn’t afford TV or radio ads, and we couldn’t afford giant billboards! Then we realized that these ads get far fewer impressions than someone’s name! We decided to throw our advertising dollars into a campaign that will have a lifetime of impact!

The parents of the first ten U.S. babies named “Iuma” between August 1, 2000, and November 1, 2000, would get their choice of either $5,000 or $100-worth of music downloads per month for (the baby’s) life.

Did any parents take the bait?

IUMA logo, 2000.
IUMA logo, 2000.
Yes, a handful of babies were indeed named Iuma in 2000. Enough baby girls got the name, in fact, that the music site’s acronym became a one-hit wonder on the Social Security Administration’s baby name list that year:

  • 2001: unlisted
  • 2000: 8 baby girls named Iuma [debut]
  • 1999: unlisted

And that’s not all. Several baby boys also got the name, as did a handful of international babies (in Brazil, Germany and Russia).

Which of these babies became the 10 verified winners? Here’s the official list:

  • Iuma Thornhill, born on August 11, 2000, in Hutchinson, Kansas
  • Iuma Ross, born on August 21, 2000, Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Iuma Becht born on September 1, 2000, in Augusta, Georgia
  • Iuma Carlton, born on September 8, 2000, in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Iuma Farish, born on September 13, 2000, in Dallas, Texas
  • Iuma Devi, born on August 31, 2000, in Cambria, California
  • Iuma Godfrey, born on September 21, 2000, in Los Angeles, California
  • Iuma Daigre, born on October 5, 2000, in Houston, Texas
  • Iuma Radnedge, born on October 6, 2000, in Dallas, Texas
  • Iuma Hebert, born on October 6, 2000, in Dallas, Texas

The rest of the babies named Iuma (including Iuma Carter of Carvers, Nevada, and Iuma VanRyker of Darmstadt, Germany) didn’t make the cut.

Hopefully all of the winners went with the one-time payment of $5,000, as IUMA went belly-up about a year later and was offline entirely by 2006.

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