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A baby girl born in North Carolina in early January was named Tali’Zorah (full first name) after a character in the video game Mass Effect.
Tali’Zorah’s father, Adam, said the name was his wife’s idea:
“I was playing the first Mass Effect while she enjoyed it as a spectator, and she fell in love with the name ‘Tali’Zorah’ the instant we met the Quarian being hunted by Fist.
“She told me back then, ‘If we ever have a daughter, I’d love to name her Tali’Zorah,'” Adam said. “It just sounds so beautiful.”
Is he worried Tali’Zorah might be teased about her unusual name?
“Kids will pick on other kids, whether it’s for a name, their hair, or their clothes, so the best I can do is to teach her how to treat people with respect and how to handle those who refuse to do the same.”
What do you think of the name Tali’Zorah? (Her middle name is Rose, btw.)
Source: This Baby’s Name Comes From Mass Effect, and Grandma is Thrilled
Other video game baby names: Dovahkiin, Kain, Kairi, Raiden, Rinoa, Zelda. Not Turok, though.
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.