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Parents Naming Babies ‘Yoga’ and Other Reasons You Should Name Your Baby ‘Eka Pada Rajakapotasana’

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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:

For boys:

  • Ball
  • Cajun
  • Cobain
  • Espn*
  • Goodluck
  • Hurricane
  • Pate
  • Tron

*Is that pronounced Es-pen?

For girls:

  • Couture
  • Excel
  • Inny
  • Jazzy
  • Juju
  • Sanity
  • Thinn*
  • Yoga

*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:

  • Authentic
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Corkblock
  • Pincha Mayurasana
  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Yogapants

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.




9 comments… add one
  • Vision_Quest2

    Could you imagine if Shiva Rea was named Shiva (which, incidentally, is a MALE Hindu God’s name to begin with) but did not have those dancer/yogi genes to begin with, and never became a yogalebrity; nor had shown any talent or a lot less inclination for yoga?

    Not to say she didn’t pursue yoga… but claims to have pursued it because of the name …

    My point is … what an embarrassment that would be to an otherwise normal kid …

    And depending upon which side of the tracks the yoga-named kid would live; maybe it would make for a good martial arts student … because a name like that may make the kid a good sitting duck for bullies. We don’t all grow up in flaky, hippie, commune California …

  • Karen

    All our names have meanings, it’s just that Westerners don’t usually have them in our own languages. Karen means Pure/Purity. Use of brand names as personal names goes back to the Victorian period. Horrible Histories did a brilliantly funny sketch involving genuine British Victorian names such as OK, Never, and Baboon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMp_xGeQ2v0

    • Karen

      Oh, and there’s Russell Ash’s book of bizarre names culled from historical records, ‘Potty, Fartwell and Knob: From Luke Warm to Minty Badger – Extraordinary But True Names of British People’. Apparently, Condom was a fairly ordinary name until it was used to describe a prophylactic…

  • Chris

    Perhaps, this will help.


    While on the subject, what does the name “Todd” mean ? …….. Exactly, I didn’t think so, either !

  • Linda

    In college I knew a Siddartha. His parents were major hippies and he lived on a commune until the mid-70’s. His parents called him “Artie,” which also happened to be his grandfather’s name Ultimately, he discovered the Sex Pistols and would only answer to Sid.

    In the very, very, very funny book “Where’d you go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple, the daughter’s name is Balakrishna, or Bee. There’s an explanation behind their choice, but the parents ultimately realized their folly.

  • Ken

    Please, no one name their child Pavanamuktasana.

  • I have friends who have two sons, one’s middle name is Rocksteady and the other’s middle name is Danger.

    I think it’s kind of awesome!

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  • I beat you to it!

    I did name my 10-weeks old yogi baby ‘Pincha’ as Pincha Mayurasana, one of my favourite asanas was done easiest when she was in my belly 🙂

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