How tech is changing baby names

Parents appear to consider tech and video games when picking names.

Visual: Singdhi Sokpo

According to Social Security Administration data, the name Alexa dropped ~79% in popularity since Amazon announced its virtual assistant in late 2014.

In the UK, Alexa was the 167th most popular baby name in 2016, and 920th in 2019. (Keep in mind, correlation ≠ causation.)

But it’s not just Alexa:

  • Polling found 37% of parents are naming kids with website domains in mind.
  • In 2018, “Fortnite”-related names surged, including Ramirez (+57%), Leviathan (+46%), and Bunny (+30%).

One name that hasn’t exploded? That of Elon Musk’s son: X Æ A-Xii.

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