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Not only are the kids desperately keen to get Apple products, their parents are also naming them after Apple products - we learn from the latest yearly analysis of baby names. The moniker Apple, though still an unusual choice, rose 15 percent for girls, vaulting a whopping 585 spots. For boys, the name Mac jumped 12 percent. …

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  1. g e
    Joke

    Siri

    Is that how stereotypical Chinese folk pronounce 'Silly' ?

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    2. LarsG
      Meh

      An indirect

      form of child abuse that will come to haunt the lives of those parents in the future.

      1. Arctic fox
        Thumb Up

        @LarsG Re: "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

        .......(we are talking very late fifties, very early sixties here), one of my playmates was a young lad from a family whose surname was "Hood" - I do not think that you will have to strain yourself to guess what forename those idiots gave him. Imagine, growing up and attending school when every time you went out into the schoolyard there was a mass chorus of "Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen, Robin Hood, Robin Hood and his band of men."* Some people should be banned from reproducing themselves.

        *For the (much) younger amongst us there was a very popular series about the famous outlaw on the telly in the early sixties starring an actor called Richard Greene. It was at that time compulsory viewing on a Saturday evening (God help us all). What you can see in quotation marks above is a quote from the series' theme tune.

        1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

          Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

          Arctic Fox,

          There was a story on the News Quiz many years ago, about a couple who decided to walk down the aisle at their wedding to the theme from 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'.

          But as you can guess, this didn't quite work out. Instead of getting Brian Adams emoting, "Everything I do, I do it for you." They got the rather more thigh-slapping: Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen etc.

          I'm pretty sure they had a better musical experience - even if a less earnest one...

          1. Arctic fox
            Thumb Up

            @I ain't Sparticus "They got the rather more thigh-slapping....."

            I think that even if the bride and groom took the mistake in good part I would have paid good money to see the expression on the faces of the respective mothers in law!

        2. Vic

          Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

          > guess what forename those idiots gave him

          I went to school with a girl called Theresa Green. What utter bastards her parents must have been...

          Vic.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

            > I went to school with a girl called Theresa Green.

            Me too. The one I know always said that when she got married she'd take the surname 'Purple' just to mess with people.

            I also know of a Mr. Hugh Cumber.

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

            .. and my mate Steve Jones called his daughter India Anna (two innocuous and popular names independently I might add)

          3. Thorne

            Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

            And us Australians know of the honorable Richard Face.

            Bet he got hell going through school

            1. Jedit
              Facepalm

              "And us Australians know of the honorable Richard Face"

              i can top that - I genuinely know of a man named Richard Head.

              1. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: "And us Australians know of the honorable Richard Face"

                yes, he went to Scots!

                1. Marketing Hack Silver badge

                  Re: "And us Australians know of the honorable Richard Face"

                  I know a former tech executive who's Christian name was Richard Lord, but he insisted on going by "Dick". He wasn't even a very affable, easy-going type.

                  I still can't figure out why he did that to himself.

              2. Steve I

                Re: "And us Australians know of the honorable Richard Face"

                I once worked with a Richard Ayres, who actually preferred to be called 'Dick'.

        3. PhilipN Silver badge

          Re: @LarsG "An indirect form of child abuse.........." When I was a very little chap..........

          Hands up those 6-year olds who had the hots for Maid Marian, but were not quite sure why.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: An indirect

        Yeah why not call them Droid or Sam Sung or Ice Cream Sandwich - ho ho.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Thumb Up

          Re: An indirect

          Why yes, what a crazy name Sam Sung would be...

          http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/11/17/apple-specialist-sam-sung/

        2. Steve I
          Go

          Re: An indirect

          "Yeah why not call them Droid or Sam Sung ..."

          I think there is actually a Sam Sung working in an Apple store somewhere.

    3. Kristian Walsh Silver badge

      Re: Siri

      Very siri articrle indeed..

      For Apple, you can also blame Gwynneth Paltrow, who gave her kid that name. Allegedly from "the apple of my eye", but it's tenuous.

      Siri is a Norwegian given name (diminutive of Sigrid). One of the (Norwegian) developers of the Siri software registered the domain when he and his wife were expecting their first child; if it had been a girl, she was to be called Siri. As it happened, he had a son. It's not a common name, but not exactly rare either : http://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Siri says 0.5% of Norwegian baby girls were named Siri, with a peak in the early 1990s. Perhaps this was popularised by Apple, but given the proven effect of celebrity names on birth names, it could also be being used as a variation of Tom Cruise's sprog, Suri (of Hebrew origin, meaning Princess).

      Mac means "Son" in Gaelic languages (Irish and Scots), pronounced somewhere between "mock" than "mack", but never as a given name. But.. if Japanese parents can name their first-born sons "Ichiro", I don't see why we can't extend that kind of literalism to other languages.

      In the case of Americans, "Mac" or "Mack" was a common nickname for men of Irish or Scots descent, especially around the middle of the last century, so a baby boy called Mac might be due to parents remembering his grandfather or great-grandfather, rather than their first personal computing experience...

      In other words, not everything is down to Apple, or even has anything to do with computers at all..

      1. ravenviz
        Headmaster

        Re: Siri

        Mac is derived of course from original Apple Macintosh, itself named for the McIntosh Red, a variety of apple as originally cultivated by John McIntosh. The name McIntosh itself refers to 'son of the Chief'.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Siri

          Wikipedia overload.

    4. Philip Lewis
      Pint

      Re: Siri

      ... and my former gf, who had the charming habit of responding to almost any statement with "oh rearry?"

    5. tmTM
      Joke

      Changed my Name

      No longer Betamax LaserDisc the third.

      Whats that about fads again?

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Devil

      Re: Siri

      Siri?

      What about Battery, or Charger?

  2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
    Happy

    Just don't tell anyone about my daughter Vista then...

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Isn't Dr Who's new companion...

      going to be called Oswin, presumably short for OSWin98?

    2. ItsNotMe
      Thumb Up

      "Just don't tell anyone about my daughter Vista then..."

      Or my son BoB.

      1. NomNomNom

        Re: "Just don't tell anyone about my daughter Vista then..."

        or my son 'Windows7ProfessionalEvaluationCopy'

        1. teapot9999

          Re: "Just don't tell anyone about my daughter Vista then..."

          or my children, RS232 interface and centronics

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: "Just don't tell anyone about my daughter Vista then..."

          Or, the character from Hook:

          "Me, Me. What About Me? Me! Me! Windows Me. What about Me? Me's me. What about me?"

      2. Phil Endecott Silver badge

        Re: "Just don't tell anyone about my daughter Vista then..."

        > Or my son BoB.

        I do hope he's "little Bobby Tables"

        http://xkcd.com/327/

    3. Daniel von Asmuth Bronze badge
      Windows

      The male counterpart of Tiffany would be Tifkam,

      but what is the correct british pronunciation of that name?

      1. MrT

        Tifkam...

        ...pronounced 'Teabag'?

  3. NoneSuch
    Devil

    Four syllable word for that.

    Lo-oo-se-ers.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      So Android, Galaxy, Note or Xperia would be better huh?

  4. Daemon Byte
    Trollface

    new revenue steam?

    Apple will have a whole string of people they can sue for trademark infringement.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I just asked my teenage daughter Release Candidate Number Three. She didn't see the humour in it.

    1. stu_ekins

      Most teenage children get a bit RC from time to time anyway.

      1. Zaphod.Beeblebrox
        Thumb Up

        Re: Most teenage children get a bit RC from time to time anyway.

        Well done sir, have an upvote!

    2. Silverburn
      Happy

      we should arrange a "playdate" (gahd, who invented that one) - my son "Alpha" and daughter "Beta" need to get out more.

  6. Bakunin
    IT Angle

    Not all iBrats

    I assume the rise in the name Apple is also related to the fact "celeb" Gwyneth Paltrow called their child Apple?

    (I only know that because someone told me ... honest)

    1. Richard Ball

      Re: Not all iBrats

      A fair assumption, but not if you're writing for the Reg.

      1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

        Re: Not all iBrats

        Good idea. I'll call my son Reg.

        1. MrT

          Good stuff...

          ... but why not also give him an unused first name beginning with 'L'...?

          1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

            Re: Good stuff...

            Good plan. Seeing as my surname is Hubbard...

            L. Reg Hubbard has a nice ring to it.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    None of those soound exclusively Apple based.

    I'll only be convinced it's AppleCorp inspired if the name 'MacBook Pro (13")' is used to register a birth somewhere.

    Or someone gets sued by Apple over the name of their spawn.

    1. deadlockvictim Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: None of those soound exclusively Apple based.

      We have the further problem between Apple names in (well, once) common usage and their official usage. for example, if I name my child 'Blue & White G3', will Apple then tell me that the official name is actually 'Power Macintosh G3' and make me change it? There are 2 'Power Macintosh G3's and it will lead to confusion.

      We need answers to these questions.

      And what about version numbers? Just of the embarrassment poor iPhone 3GS has, now that the iPhones are at v5? The parents are clearly to blame here.

  8. FartingHippo
    Devil

    Xbox

    Surely an intriguing name for any girl, especially one with an unusually shaped piece of their anatomy...

  9. Wyrdness

    Prior feline usage of the name

    My cat is called Siri, but he's over 7 years old, so he's been using the name for far longer than Apple. Maybe he can sue them...? Can cats sue?

    It's causing massive confusion at home, with the phone answering when I call the cat, and the cat answering when I use the phone: "Siri find me a decent Thai restaurant in North London", "Mwaiou"

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Prior feline usage of the name

      I don't think cats 'use' their names do they? Their owners staff, might use them, but the felines themselves don't give a damn. Rattling bowls of food seems to be the only call they'll deign to respond to. Maybe...

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: Prior feline usage of the name

        Cats have three names etc etc.

      2. Steve I
        Go

        Re: Prior feline usage of the name

        Cats and owners...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whwiMrBNWCA

    2. A J Stiles

      Re: Prior feline usage of the name

      Everybody knows cats have three names: a pedigree name (such as "Enrico Agache something Amelia Earhart"); an everyday name (such as "Chico"); and a name in cat language, which is kept secret from humans and used only in meetings of the Neighbourhood Moggies.

      1. Richard Ball

        Re: Prior feline usage of the name

        Strictky speaking it's 2+n

        where n is the number of households that think they own the cat.

        1. Richard Ball

          Re: Prior feline usage of the name

          For anyone bored enough to read this, my last post (pointless, regarding cats) brough back my Bronze medal. Hurrah!

        2. TRT Silver badge

          Re: Prior feline usage of the name

          Six Dinner Sid!

      2. Horridbloke

        Re: Prior feline usage of the name

        I called my cat Deathclaw.

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Re: Prior feline usage of the name

          I called my cat Deathclaw.

          Is that the new name for OS X - 10? It would be so cool!

    3. Anonymous John

      Re: Prior feline usage of the name

      No reason not to sue. Especially as he/she has rounded corners.

  10. andreas koch

    Apart from the fact that parents who name their children

    after any products whatsoever (in my opinion) should themselves be shagged back and then aborted:

    It'll take quite a while to catch up with "Suse", at least in Germany . . .

    By the way: still better than "Moon Unit" or "Dweezil".

    1. TRT Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Apart from the fact that parents who name their children

      Wonder if anyone's called their kid 'Angry Bird' yet? Apart from the obvious native American indians where that wouldn't be too out of place.

      1. andreas koch
        Childcatcher

        Re: Apart from the fact that parents who name their children

        Wouldn't know, honestly; but I seem to remember there were cases of kids named "Tetris" and "Sonic". . .

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Apart from the fact that parents who name their children

          >kids named "Tetris"

          (Insert "In Soviet Russia" joke here.)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Suse?

      People who would name their kids after a Linux distro are having kids? Or is it a perfectly reasonable German variant of Susie/Suzy/Sue etc?

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: Suse?

        Gotta have something to do whilst the installer is running... ;)

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Suse?

          Gotta have something to do whilst the installer is running... ;)

          Gotta have somethingone to do whilst the installer is running... There, fixed that for you.

          1. Anonymous Coward 15
            Holmes

            @AC 15:54

            Well done, Captain Obvious.

      2. andreas koch
        Holmes

        @ AC 1405h - Re: Suse?

        It's perfectly OK in Germany as a short form of Susanne. Thousands of them about.

        1. TeeCee Gold badge
          Coat

          Re: @ AC 1405h - Suse?

          Add a large Brandy and Babycham if you prefer OpenSuse.....

      3. Darryl

        Re: Suse?

        Tell that to their infant sibling, Quantal Quetzal

        1. Anonymous C0ward

          Re: Suse?

          I hope they call the next one Rampant Rabbit.

      4. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
        Holmes

        Re: Suse?

        Or is it a perfectly reasonable German variant of Susie/Suzy/Sue etc?"

        Unlikely. IIRC, Germany is one of those places which has a list of "approved" names which you must use when naming your child. ISTR a news story about a German couple wanting to name a child Annikin and being refused permission when Star Wars - The One Where Darth Vader Was A Sickly Cute Kid, Episode 94 was a popular film.

        1. andreas koch
          Happy

          @ John Brown (no body) - Re: Suse?

          You err, Sherlock, albeit being not too wrong. It's not a list of approved names, but names can indeed be refused. "Suse" specifically would not be refused. Try a 'Phone book.

          1. Radbruch1929

            Re: @ John Brown (no body) - Suse?

            Actually, there is (specifically: are, there are several regional ones). If you want a name outside the list, according to the apparent regulations you are of course free to prove that the name is a common name someplace in the world and is not denigrating/ridiculous/will harm the child in the future.

        2. Vic

          Re: Suse?

          > Star Wars - The One Where Darth Vader Was A Sickly Cute Kid

          I haven't seen that one. They only released " Star Wars - The One Where Darth Vader Was An Annoying Precocious Brat" over here :-(

          Vic.

  11. Richard 120
    Facepalm

    Poor kids

    Hopefully the naming trend is just an iFad (tm)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Poor kids

      "Hopefully the naming trend is just an iFad (tm)"

      What? Like iPad?

  12. TeeCee Gold badge
    Coat

    I feel sorry.....

    .....for poor little Thunderbolt Adaptor.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I feel sorry.....

      Very, very frightening.

    2. The FunkeyGibbon
      Coat

      Re: I feel sorry.....

      I know what you mean, imagine being named after an Intel trademark...

      Mind you if you found two people called Thunderbolt at least you'd know they were compatible.

      That's mine, yep the one at the back with the fluffy collar. Cheers.

    3. A J Stiles
      Coat

      Re: I feel sorry.....

      Thunderbolt adaptor

      Big velociraptor

      Me

      Galileo

      Galileo

      Figaro Magnifico

      Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard .....

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Are we going to do misheard lyrics now?

        Because if we are I'd like to point out "Wishmaster" by Nightwish.

  13. Kit-Fox
    Go

    Thankfully you can change your christian names at will with no need for a deed poll or any legal framework at all. So just think of a name you want to use and start using it

    That is of course how it stood the last time I checked, as deed poll explictly stated it was only needed to change a surname. It would not surprise me to learn this has changed in our 'identity' obsessed 'security' theatre of a world :( :(

    Sticks out thumb & hails the nearest passing vogon construction fleet for one ticket off this rock even if it means dying a painful death from really bad poetry

    1. John H Woods Silver badge

      In the UK ...

      ... you don't need a deed poll to change even your surname. You just tell everybody what your new name is, and that's that. There are circumstances where you might need evidence of a change-of-name, and then a deed poll might be useful.

      "You know who gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks" --- Stewart Francis

      1. Kit-Fox

        Re: In the UK ...

        .. you don't need a deed poll to change even your surname.

        Well you do if you want it to have any legal standing & to be used in reference to your legal entity.

        Without a deed poll notice clearly & legally marking out the change the state can simply continue to use whatever name is on your birth certificate & there is nothing you can do about it

      2. Dazed and Confused Silver badge

        Re: In the UK ...

        Changing names at school (where the kids are most likely to want to lose the dump handle their parents have dumped them with) teachers will insist on using the name on the register and that will be the official name needed to register the little darling in the first place.

        I know a couple who had to deed poll their 5 year old because he hated the name his parents gave him on his birth certificate (a normal name) and wanted to be called by the name his brothers and sisters had always used for him.

        I didn't seem to matter how many times the parents wrote to the teacher and the school they insisted on using his official name, or a normal shortened form. It was only when they officially changed his name would the school take notice.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: In the UK ...

          Kids are always getting their name changed at school because of parents splitting up etc. Do they need deed polls for that too?

    2. Steve I
      Go

      I changed my name to 'Max Power' and my wife's to Hooty McBoob. Now, life is one long party....

  14. Bob McBob
    Coat

    This says a lot about how low society has become. Next we'll be naming people after soap stars and minor celebs. Oh wait.

  15. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

    By the time they grow up...

    few people will remember what a 'Mac', 'Siri', 'iThingy' or 'Android' was

  16. Wade Burchette
    Joke

    Uh-oh

    Too bad I named my kid after the last good Windows product.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRUdaWZ4FN0

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Uh-oh

      I thought that was going to be a link to microsoft bob.

      Oh well.

      How many people were named after that product???

      1. Anonymous Coward 15

        Re: Uh-oh

        Quite a lot of uncles.

  17. Steve Todd

    Could be Dan Simmons fans

    Siri was a character from one of his stories dating back pre his 1989 book Hyperion.

  18. Steve Todd

    And CSI fans will also recognise the name Mac

    Once again the venomous Leach sets off on her hate filled agenda.

    1. andreas koch
      Thumb Up

      Re: And CSI fans will also recognise the name Mac

      Gyver, anyone?

    2. Anonymous Coward 15
      Trollface

      Re: And CSI fans will also recognise the name Mac

      U mad?

  19. Captain Hogwash Silver badge
    Coat

    Android?

    People have been called Marvin for a long time now.

  20. Joe Drunk
    Facepalm

    Some people just shouldn't breed

    See title.

  21. Chris007
    Coat

    Shirley these parents aren't Sirious about this?

    The post is required, and must contain letters.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    " .......their ridiculous parents"

    Any reader who has named their child in anyway that represents Apple needs to have them removed and taken into care!

    W O W, people really are wankers.

  23. WonkoTheSane
    Childcatcher

    Could be worse...

    Could be called "Hashtag.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2012/nov/28/baby-hashtag-silliest-name-ever

    1. EddieD

      Re: Could be worse...

      Talulah does the Hula from Hawaii - check it out, some sods in New Zealand did this.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/24/familyandrelationships.newzealand

      The child got made a ward of court.

      In France, the registrar has to approve the name of the child to prevent this, which goes to show that there are things we can learn from the French.

      1. The FunkeyGibbon
        Facepalm

        Re: Could be worse...

        Bit dated that...

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_name

        "First names are chosen by the child's parents. There are no legal a priori constraints on the choice of names nowadays, but this has not always been the case.

        The choice of given names, originally limited only by the tradition of naming children after a small number of popular saints, was restricted by law at the end of the 18th century. Officially, only names figuring on a calendar, or names of illustrious Frenchmen/women of the past, could be accepted.[3] Much later, actually in 1966, a new law permitted a limited number of mythological, regional or foreign names, substantives (Olive, Violette), diminutives, and alternative spellings. Only in 1993 were French parents given the freedom to name their child without any constraint whatsoever.[4]

        However, if the birth registrar thinks that the chosen names (alone or in association with the last name) may be detrimental to the child's interests, or to the right of other families to protect their own family name, the registrar may refer the matter to the local prosecutor, who may choose to refer the matter to the local court. The court may then refuse the chosen names. Such refusals are rare and mostly concern given names that may expose the child to mockery."

  24. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

    I was only saying to Chardonnay and Malbec the other day that their mother and I would never do something so stupid as to name our next child something as crass as Siri. But then Pic'n'Mix needed his nappy changing and I had to end the conversation

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Could be far worse...

    ...could be named after anything Linux / Open Source.

    GIMP

    Hardy Heron

    Sheep On Meth (blatant rip off of Sheep On Drugs)

    BSD (Always read that as BaStarD)

    and on and on...

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Could be far worse...

      Nehalem?

      Ninja?

      Prescott?

      Gasper?

      Byfield?

      There are loads!

      1. 1Rafayal
        Joke

        Re: Could be far worse...

        @TRT - and why wouldnt you call your child Ninja?

        1. Thorne

          Re: Could be far worse...

          "@TRT - and why wouldnt you call your child Ninja?"

          With a name like Ninja you'd have to be the coolest kid in school (as long as your last name isn't Turtle)

  26. Tom 7 Silver badge

    A mate of mines called Lol

    but I don’t know a 'you cannot be serious they patented that?'

    Yet.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nothing new here, please move along

    There has always been a section of society who refuse to conform when it comes to the naming of their children.

    I can remember when one Liverpool fan named his son after all the team that had just won the League Title.

    Then there are 'celebs' who IMHO do it just to get in the press.

    Of course there are those who do it for good reasons but honestly 'Peaches?'

    My now deceased Father in law was called 'Mac'. His real name was Macintosh Mackay so everyone called him Mac.

    I honestly wish that the Fandroids (And other apple Haters) would take a break from this endless slagging off of Apple. In terms of business, I actually think that SamSung is a bigger danger. They are trying to monopolise far more areas of tech than Apple ever could. If Apple go under (As every Fandroid desires) then who is going to compete against SamSung? There really isn't another company with anywhere near the strenght to challenge SS.

    Then where will the joys of competition be?

    Rant over so let the downvoting begin.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nothing new here, please move along

      Reminiscent of Golden Gordon who named his son Barnstonworth United.

      And my mate Phil (a long time Man City fanatic) who named his son Asa. Not so controversial, except Philip lives in Denmark and in Denmark, Asa is a girls name - OMG. It required legal appeals to the "names commission" and a shit load of paperwork to get the name accepted as a legal name (it's not just the French who have a "names commission". This, despite the fact that Asa is not all that uncommon a name in the Spanish/Portuguese world.

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Facepalm

    eye bee em

    There was this geezer Oswald who named his son Oswald II or OS/2 for short.

    How they laughed with glee when IBM came up with an operating system of the same name.

  29. Dropper
    FAIL

    Irony

    Like steely but less shiny.

    I wonder if parents are aware of the irony of naming their child after a product made by Chinese kids in sweatshops...

  30. Tom Wood

    American website

    This list looks like it's compiled by an American website and is based "on the names of 450,000 babies born in 2012 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website".

    The official UK list takes a while for the ONS to compile and the latest one is here:

    http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/baby-names--england-and-wales/2011/index.html

  31. Irongut
    Facepalm

    Clearly none of these parents have heard the Ice T song where he names his ho Apple coz her ass is kinda fat.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cam't believe noone has mentioned

    The potentially amusing but not Apple related ones that are Intel CPU code names or a brand name.

    Pentium

    Coppermine

    Presler

    Conroe

    Bloomfield

    Clovertown

  33. Pete 2 Silver badge

    A boy named Sue

    Given how litigious Apple are, "sue" would be a good choice. Although it's not a product, it can't be long before Apple patents a method for extracting obscene amounts of money from unsuspecting competitors for very little effort and zero original work.

    Shortly after, they'll be sending nasty letters to Johnny Cash's executors asking for retrospective everything.

  34. MJI Silver badge

    Had a nose around

    Amelia top but no Rory, does this mean DW fans have more daughters?

    Definately a few F1 fans with Lewis and Jenson.

    Kyle above Reece was funny, I was going to joke about Terminator fans until I saw a nearly surname there.

    Bobby WTF!

    Lola, have they heard the song?

    As to TV fans I have found Isaac, Dexter, Blake.

    A lot of us must have children found half of the Tweenies, no Fizz or Milo

    1. TeeCee Gold badge
      Alert

      Re: Had a nose around

      Amelia, have they heard the song?

  35. Aaron Em

    I named my son Deb and my daughter Ian -- half marks?

    1. Philip Lewis
      Thumb Up

      I will give you full marks, halgf each ;)

  36. 1Rafayal
    Joke

    My first child will be named "Vectrex", regardless of gender

  37. RainForestGuppy

    Whats so new about this

    Just the other day I was telling little Oric-1 and his sister TRS-80....

  38. Tim 11

    the best techie given name

    see http://xkcd.com/327/

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    > They'll both be mocked relentlessly and have whole areas of the world shut off to them because of their ridiculous parents.

    Talking from personal experience there? Guess the environmental cleanup industry was never a option.

  40. Doogie1
    Joke

    what's wrong with naming your child after an Apple product?

    I think Crap Map App has a nice ring to it

  41. Karl H
    Joke

    Miss .......

    I called my first daughter "take 1" , and my second daughter "take 2" ......

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's wrong with good old names?

    Wang, for example.

    1. Doogie1

      Not so good for Mr and Mrs Kerr

      1. The Equestrian
        WTF?

        Or even

        There was a couple with that name called their son Wayne - he was once my CEO.

        1. TeeCee Gold badge
          Meh

          Re: Or even

          "...he was once my CEO."

          I suppose that your name could be seen to limit your career opportunities. With that one, your only options are CEO or Traffic Warden.

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "What if little Mac grows up and just wants to run Linux? Or Siri wants to become an Android Developer? They'll both be mocked relentlessly and have whole areas of the world shut off to them."

    Doesn't take much. Apparently.

    AC to avoid inviting the eternal ire of the open sores types incessantly beating their heads against the garden wall.

  44. Richard Cartledge
    Megaphone

    I'm calling my daughter Plaintalk Microphone.

  45. david wilson

    Accuracy?

    How accurate are the babycenter statistics - comparing their 2011 list ( http://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2011 ) with the official one ( http://www.babynamestats.com/top100.html ) they're somewhat different.

    Possibly that's partly down to slightly different timespans, but when I picked half a dozen names I'd have thought of as traditional-but-not-overtly-biblical English name, they were all significantly further down the babycenter list than the official one.

    Some kind of reporting bias might be at work, and possibly that might particularly apply to the less common names.

  46. tehrev223
    Big Brother

    Bad Parenting

    My oldest kid will never have a unix account with his name. We named him Daemon.

    First middle is Daemon Aloysius.

    Second kid, a girl, was almost called Ima Roflcopter. I had to talk HER out of it.

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    An Appropriate Apple Appellation (Alliteration Always Absolutely Acceptable!)

    I'll name my child (the one with the rounded corners)

    iGor!

    (walk this way...)

  48. Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

    I can't believe it

    Three pages of comments and nobody's considered the new ipad mini and the possibility of a new wave of kids named... "Mini Me"? It works for boys and for girls!

    This line of thought does sort of assume that parents want to name their kids after the iMini (ok, let's not go there: Apple didn't, and I don't think parents would either) so as to conjure up positive connotations, though... I can see why nobody pounced on it sooner.

  49. Stoke the atom furnaces

    rabbit

    My sister and I had a pet rabbit called Acorn when we were young, named after our computer.

  50. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    and even worse

    we allow these product brand-obsessed morons to vote. making long term decisions that affect other people based on how successful short term marketing has influenced their impulses. From Black Friday violence to self-inflicted corporate worship forced onto the helpless.

    Explains a lot, doesn't it?

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