Baby Name Story: Eva

We won’t know until tomorrow about the names of the first babies of 2020. Until then, here’s the story behind the name of Toronto’s first baby of 2010, Eva Violante, who arrived one second after midnight on New Year’s morning.

The parents “knew the baby was a girl and had two names picked out – Olivia and Eva.”

They chose Eva because it was the name of the doctor who delivered her, they had driven down a street in their neighbourhood with the same name, and because they thought she was going to be born on New Year’s Eve.

Neat, right? And here’s another baby whose name was chosen after a series of coincidences.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Source: First baby of the decade

The ‘Hip Hop’ Names Kiyanne & Jaquae

Kiyanne arguing with Jaquae

Of the many Love & Hip Hop stars to influence baby names* over the last decade, here are two of the most recent: Kiyanne and Jaquae.

Jaquáe (born James Harris) and Kiyanne — both rappers — were part of Love & Hip Hop: New York. They were romantically involved during season eight (2017-2018), but broke up during season nine (2018-2019).

As a result of their newfound fame, Kiyanne’s name debuted in the data and Jaquáe’s made an impressive comeback after an absence of several years.

Do you like the names Kiyanne and Jaquáe? Would you use either one?

*Other baby names influenced by various versions of Love & Hip Hop include Somaya, Kimbella, Benzino, Tahiry, Mendeecees, Kalenna, Jhonni, Mariahlynn, Lyrica, Safaree, and Cyn.

Baby Born at Sea, Named “Bearing”

On September 13, 2010, Patricia Carden gave birth four weeks early while she and her partner, Jerry Linville, were sailing from Jacksonville to Key West through bad weather. (Carden believes that the choppy water kicked off her labor.)

The parents were able to pinpoint their son’s birth location (approx. 28 miles offshore) by checking the GPS coordinates. This then inspired them to give him the unique first name Bearing.

Sources: Baby gets name after his birth on stormy sea, Rock-a-boat baby: The miracle premature boy born on storm-tossed seas as his parents battled to reach shore

Babies Named for Manila’s Light Rail

A handful of Filipino babies have been born — or almost born — on the Light Rail (LRT) in metropolitan Manila, and at least three of these babies have been given LRT-inspired names…

  • In May of 2005, Lea Aquino Ababa gave birth inside the Doroteo Jose LRT station. The baby girl was named Dorotea after the station.
  • In April of 2011, Mary Ann Opedra went into labor aboard an LRT train. She made to a hospital near Libertad Station in time to deliver. The baby girl was named Liberty Anne after the station.
  • In June of 2012, Angel Hotba gave birth aboard a moving LRT train somewhere between Libertad and Gil Puyat stations. The baby girl’s name, Lilibeth, was inspired by Libertad station. (Name suggestions from Twitter users included Larita, LoReTa, Laura Regina Teresa, Trayna, Katraina, and Railey.)

Sources: Woman almost gives birth in LRT coach, Passenger Gives Birth At LRT-1, On crowded train, life can’t be derailed

Indonesian Baby Named “Asian Games”

The 2018 Asian Games, which lasted from August 18 to September 2, was co-hosted by the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

On opening day, just hours before the opening ceremony, a couple in Palembang welcomed a baby girl. She arrived a month ahead of schedule.

Parents Yordania Denny (dad) and Vera Nova (mom) were ready with the first name Abidah. In honor of the sporting event taking place in their city, though, chose to add a second name: “Asian Games.” This made their daughter’s full name Abidah Asian Games. (Like many Indonesians, she has no surname.)

Sources: Meet ‘Abidah Asian Games’, Couple Names Their Newborn After Sporting Carnival in Indonesia, Keluarga Unik di Palembang, Nama Anaknya Adiba Asian Games, Bapaknya Yordania