Having trouble naming your baby? Step into our office. How about Yoga? Or Prana? Or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana? Urdhva Baddhanguliyasana has a nice ring to it. And when your child asks what their name stands for you can show them the answer!
We can all agree that the naming of children has turned into an exercise in the bizarre and über creative. Or not, like in the case of poor Hashtag and Facebook who were named in the past two years by parents who clearly want their children to feel forever linked to social media and, ironically, never have any friends.
Celebrities are one thing with the crazy baby names, what with Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter “Blue Ivy,” Jason Lee’s son “Pilot Inspektor,” Frank Zappa’s daughter “Moon Unit” and (our personal fave) Penn Jillette’s daughter “Moxie Crimefighter.” But they’re celebrities, they love attention and live in an alternate universe. Now regular people have now taken to the trend of naming their children after brands and their favorite flavor of Italian ices growing up.
It seems the Jens and Joes are no slackers according to popular spawning site, Baby Center, which conducted their annual baby-naming survey of nearly half a million parents who shared their baby’s name in 2012.
Names on the unusual list include:
*Is that pronounced Es-pen?
*Completely uncalled for, unless your middle name is Mints.
Why do parents have to get so crazy? Baby Center’s Global Editor in Chief Linda J. Murray explains:
“These parents value creativity and nonconformity above other attributes in a name. Their goal is to come up with a name that is truly unique. By definition, they don’t want to fit in. They want their children to be individuals who stand out from the crowd,” she told Yahoo! Shine.
It shall be noted that Baby Center actually has a baby-naming inspiration section with a list entitled “Food and drinks.” We’re disappointed twins names Ketchup and Mustard didn’t make the cut.
So, if you can’t beat em, join em! While other parents are naming their little humans who will eventually become full-grown adults with names inspired by Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games and Downton Abbey, let’s meet them with our own yoga-inspired appellations.
Here are just a few suggestions:
- Bird of Paradise
- Pincha Mayurasana
- Vinyasa Flow
We’ve got you covered. Stay tuned for the official YogaDork Baby Naming book! Heck, we’ve got your baby naming guide to get your started right here.
In other news, we are two away from Winter Storm ‘Yoga’ 2013.
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