A Girl Named “Like”

    May 16, 2011
    Josh Wolford

It was only a matter of time I guess.

AFP is reporting out of Jerusalem that an Israeli couple has named their third child “Like,” in honor of the Facebook trademark.

The couple, Lior and Vardit Adler, were simply befuddled when it came to what they were going to call their newborn daughter. Inspiration came from the social media giant.

“We named her Like because it’s modern and innovative,” said father Lior Adler to the Israeli daily paper Maariv. “I checked that the name does not exist elsewhere in the country, that was the main condition for me,” he said.

“In our opinion it’s the modern equivalent of the name Ahava (Love). It’s just my way of saying to my fantastic daughter, ‘love.'”

The couple reportedly already has two other daughters named Pie and Vash, the latter being Hebrew for “honey.”

Back in February, following the unseating of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a man named his firstborn child “Facebook” in honor of the huge part the social network played in the January revolution and protests in Tahrir Square. Protesters were able to mobilize and spread the message through social media services like Facebook and Twitter.

Now before you run off and tell your friends about the absolutely insanity of naming your kid “Like,” let’s get some perspective. What about celebrity kid names in the West?

David Duchovny named his kid “kyd.” Jermaine Jackson named his child “Jermajesty.” Sly Stallone came up with “Sage Moonblood” for his offspring. U2 guitarist The Edge decided to call his daughter “Blue Angel.” Magician Penn Jillette named his little girl “Moxie CrimeFighter.”

Ok, Moxie CrimeFighter is awesome – I’ll admit that.

But seriously, people name their kids all kinds of things – especially foreign language words for things like love, faith and hope. Like the father said, Isn’t this just the social media way to say love?

At least this family had the guts to named their child something and stick by it. Remember that Facebook page that advertised naming a baby MEGATRON for 1,000,000 likes? Yeah, it has over 1,600,000. And they didn’t name the baby MEGATRON. They named it Dylan. Pfft.

So what do you think about baby “Like?” Better or worse than little baby “Tweet?”