After her son Emet Kuli Loeb Hershkovitz was born in 2012, singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb wrote a blog post about his birth and included a few details about his name:
We chose the name Emet because it’s a Hebrew word meaning “truth” that also sounds like a Southern name […] That way my husband’s family from Israel, my family from Texas, and other folks we see on a regular basis can pronounce the name in their own way, but correctly!
Kuli is Roey’s grandfather’s name — actually a nickname — the name he was known by for most of his life. Since he was a very fast soccer player, everyone called him “Kuli” a shortened version of the Hungarian word “kulimász” meaning cart grease, used to make wheels on carts faster.
I love the unique story behind Kuli. Though I am curious to how the Israeli (?) grandfather came to have a nickname that was based on a Hungarian word.
Lisa and husband Roey Hershkovitz also have a daughter named Lyla Rose, born in 2009.
Source: Lisa Loeb’s Blog: Meet My Son Emet
A baby boy born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in early February was named “Iron Maiden” after the British heavy metal band:
His father was particularly inspired by Iron Maiden’s gruesome, zombie-like mascot Eddie the Head.
Which prompts me to ask the obvious question: Why not just name the baby “Eddie”?
On the other hand, I kinda wish both parents had a “Duran” to contribute to the surname, because then you’d have Iron Maiden Duran Duran.
Some related names and almost-names: Danzig, Metallica, Vedder, Cobain, Reznor, Motor Head.
Sources: Padres llaman a su hijo Iron Maiden, Bolivian Couple Explain Decision To Name Son Iron Maiden
On Superbowl Sunday, Colleen Gaffney of Plymouth, Massachusetts, went into labor.
During the third quarter, when the Patriots were down 25 points against the Falcons, Colleen’s husband Sean demanded that the baby be born so that the Pats could start making their comeback already.
And you know what? That’s exactly what happened. The baby arrived a few minutes later, just as the Pats began to rally. They ultimately won the game 34-28 in overtime.
So what did the Gaffneys decide to name their baby boy? Brady, after longtime Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady has three older siblings: Quinn (named for Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn), Reese, and Knox. The family dog is named Rudy after Notre Dame football player Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger.
(As you might imagine, much of the recent usage of the baby name Brady has been centered in New England specifically.)
Source: Child named Brady born in Falmouth during Super Bowl
Last month, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unexpectedly demonetized 500- and 1,000-rupee banknotes. His long-term goal is to crack down on corruption, but the result so far has been chaos…likely to be followed by a substantial economic slowdown.
Last week, on December 2, a pregnant woman in Uttar Pradesh went into labor while waiting in line at the bank. With the help of other bank customers, she delivered a baby boy on bank premises. To mark the occasion, the baby was named Khazanchi, which means “treasurer” or “cashier” (from khazana, “treasure,” plus the agentive suffix -chi).
Sources: Born in bank, UP baby named Khazanchi (cashier) Nath, Born in bank queue, boy named Khazanchi
On the morning of August 23, police officer Natisha Lucas of Pearland, Texas, administered first aid to a newborn baby girl after the baby’s mother gave birth at home.
The thankful mother later named her daughter A’Miracle Natisha, middle name in honor of Lucas.
Here are some earlier posts about babies named for police officers:
Know of any others I’ve missed?
Sources: Newborn Baby girl Named After Pearland Officer who Saved Her Life, Pearland Police Department