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Know what today is? It’s Britney Spears’ birthday! (Come on, you didn’t already know that?)
So today is the perfect day to start playing the Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
What’s that? It’s a game in which we try to predict which pop culture-inspired baby names will appear on the SSA’s official baby name list for the first time in 2010. Danity and Daughtry made it for the first time in 2007, Obama and Palin in 2008, the infamous Renesmee in 2009…which pop culture baby names will make their debut in 2010?
Think back to notable occurrences of 2010 and late 2009. Think about movies, music, books, video games, sports, politics, products, and whatever else made headlines and/or caught your attention. What brand-new baby names might these things have inspired?
Here are some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:
Another that has since come to mind is Etsy, which looks and sounds like Betsy with the B chopped off.
What other potential names can you think of? (Remember–oddball names like Chachi and Darth have made the SSA’s list in years past, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box on this!)
I didn’t want to write an Avatar post. I really didn’t. But Avatar is doing very well at the box office right now, and when a sci-fi/fantasy film (or book, or TV show) hits big like this, I can’t help but wonder: What crazy baby names could this thing inspire?
I think most Na’vi names (like Mo’at, Tsu’Tey and Eytukan) are going to be too exotic for most parents, but what about Neytiri, the name of the pretty Na’vi warrior-princess? Or Eywa (AY-wah), the name of the Na’vi deity? For boys there’s Toruk, the massive flying creature that only a handful of Na’vi have ever tamed. (Who knows, some fearless parent might even go for the one-two punch of Toruk Makto.) I don’t think I’d be shocked to see any of these pop up in my local birth announcements.
Have you watched the film? If so, which Avatar name (or word) do you think stands the best chance of catching on as a baby name?
Update (Jan. 18): The Sun just published Boom in Avatar Names for Kiddies. The article doesn’t include any statistical evidence of a “boom,” though.
Update (May 5): Fifteen U.S. baby girls were named Neytiri in 2010.