Back in February, the world raised an eyebrow as Egyptian Jamal Ibrahim named his newborn daughter “Facebook”, as a tribute to the role which the social network played in the revolution in Egypt.
Now, it looks like this trend has leaked across the border. Israeli couple Lior and Vardit Adler have jumped on the Facebook-inspired baby names bandwagon, naming their newborn daughter “Like.”
According to the Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, the couple from Hod Hasharon, north-east of Tel Aviv, said that it was important for them to give their daughter a name that was unique and one-of-a-kind, at least in Israel.
According to the Haaretz newspaper, the most popular names for girls in Israel currently are Noa, Maya and Tamar.
He said, “I wanted something unique. At first I was looking at Chinese names, and considered the name Qing Yu Lang. But in the end, my wife responded to Like”. The Adlers are fans of unique names. Their first two daughters are named Dvash (which is “Honey” in Hebrew) and Pie.
“If once people gave Biblical names and that was the icon, then today this is one of the most famous icons in the world,” Lior Adler said.
He added: “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’.”
Lior also said that most people lift an eyebrow when they hear the name and can hardly believe it. However, the clerk at the hospital that recorded his daughter’s name barely flinched when he told her the name.
He said: “Her lack of enthusiasm made me think I should change the name to something a bit more unusual.Though at the moment, I personally cannot think of something much more unusual than “Like”, and I don’t think that Lior Adler can either.”
He said that he can’t imagine what kind of a name they would come up with if they had another child…it’s hard to 1-up “Like”. He said: “If I have a son, I think I will just call him Moshe (Moses).”
Adler was sure to stress the fact that his family isn’t receiving any profits or benefits from Facebook because of the name choice and that, in fact, he didn’t intend for his daughter or her name to become a gimmick.
He and his wife genuinely like the meaning behind the name and hope that others will “like” it as much as they do. “When I posted her picture and name on Facebook I got 50 ‘likes’,” he told the newspaper.
“Considering that I have only a little more than 100 friends on the network that’s a lot.” However, he jokingly adds “that if the rest of his friends haven’t “Liked” Like by tomorrow…well, they won’t be his friends anymore.”
Recall that in Egypt, after 18 days of protests led to the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly three-decade reign, Gamal Ibrahim, a man in his 20s, named his daughter Facebook as a way to honor the social network, which was a tool used to mobilize demonstrators there.
Twitter was also a popular organizing tool used in the Egyptian revolution, and many other “Arab Spring” movements calling for democracy this year in the Middle East and nations of North Africa. Although, we haven’t come across anyone naming their children Twitter or Tweet, but it may only be a matter of time.
Let’s hope that Like and Facebook grow-up to be friends. What do you think of the Adlers’ new baby name? Let us know if you “Like” Like in the comments below! [via News (AU), LA Times and Social Times]