2 Filipino babies named Covid?

At least two babies in the Philippines may have been named Covid after Covid-19, the acronym for “coronavirus disease 2019.”

Neither name — “Covid Rose” or “Covid Bryant” — has been confirmed yet, but both were among the top Twitter trends in the Philippines last week. (It was said that Covid Bryant’s middle name was inspired by late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.)

Thoughts on “Covid” as a name?

Update: Since I wrote this post a couple of days ago, I’ve both seen confirmation of Covid Rose’s name and heard about two more babies in the Philippines (allegedly) named after the virus:

  • Covid Lorraine (born in North Cotabato)
  • Coviduvidapdap Santos Dela Cruz (first name a portmanteau of Covid and “dubi dubi dap dap” [vid], nonsense words from the novelty song “Beep Beep Beep Ang Sabi Ng Jeep” by Filipino singer Willie Revillame)

Sources: Future ‘quaranteens’? Covid Bryant and Covid Rose trend as Filipino newborns supposedly named after virus, From ‘Coronnials’ to ‘quaranteens’: Internet users predict future of kids named after COVID-19, Newborn infants named after coronavirus, After Covid Bryant, meet baby Covid Rose and baby Coviduvidapdap

6 thoughts on “2 Filipino babies named Covid?

  1. I have to say, that i am glad people can still find humor during this, ‘World Gone Mad’ time. I had someone snark at me for posting memes and jokes about it. If i don’t laugh I may cry! I’m not so much scared of getting the illness (I’ve had H1N1 swine flu and SARS) We believe my husband had COVID back in January before much was known. He had a horrible flu that was odd, the thing is, he is taking hydroxychloroquine for severe allergies and he was also on antibiotics for an infection at the same time. Coincidence? He was tested for the flu and it was negative.
    So this is funny to think quaranteens and Corronials as well as people giving their children names.
    Maybe because it is such a “powerful” illness they see it as a powerful name, or they may have had a loved one overcome it and want to give their child the name in honor of the loved one?
    I’m going to check out the links in a bit, this is so fascinating. Thanks so much for researching this and putting a lighter spin on it.

  2. I sort of hope Covid Rose is legit.
    Since the first cases in China were reported the line ‘Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona’ has been going through my head –it’s from Paul Simon’s song “Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard’.
    Of course the Corona referred to in the song is the neighborhood in Queens, but that doesn’t stop it from repeatedly popping into my head at random moments these days.
    So Covid Rose just seems very fitting.

  3. @Christa – I think having a sense of humor is really important during times like these. After all, stress can weaken the immune system.

    @Ellyn – That’s a really interesting association.

  4. According to the news this morning, somewhere in India there are newborn twins named Covid and Corona. I didn’t hear if they were boys, girls or one of each.

  5. Thank you! Yes, I saw that too — I’ve got a post scheduled for Monday that mentions these two and two more, also from India, with virus-inspired names.

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