A baby named "Like?" Let's see if you like this history of names (anthroponymy)

Naming your newborn can be an exciting and creative experience. A person’s given name, or forename, is important because it is usually the first impression your child will make on the world. Some parents choose to honor a family member by naming their child after a father, mother, or sibling. Others look to history for that perfect given name. And some look to…Facebook? That’s right. The social networking website has inspired an Israeli couple to name their daughter after the “like” button on Facebook. Lior and Vardit Adler insist their daughter’s name is not a gimmick – they simply ‘like’ the meaning behind the name. So we got to thinking – what’s in a name?

Anthroponymy is the study of personal names. The name is derived from the Greek anthropos meaning “man,” and onoma meaning “name.” One of its subdivisions is the study of given names. While surnames are usually inherited and shared by family members, a given name, assigned around the time of birth, represents the individuality of the child – a name purposefully given to a child by its parents.

As far back as history can take us, people have been anointed forenames in order to identify themselves. Although it is impossible to pinpoint the exact origin, anthroponymists believe that the earliest forenames were derived from nouns and descriptive adjectives. For example, the Hebrew name Aharon means ‘mountain’ or ‘mountain of strength’ while the Irish Gaelic name Fial means ‘modest, honorable, generous.’ Some names date so far back that it’s difficult to trace the exact origin because the words are so ancient they have been dropped from the vernacular. For example, the name Edwin is a compound derived from the Old English words ead, meaning “prosperity, fortune, riches” and wine, meaning “friend” – two words that are not in use today or have a completely different modern meaning.

With the rise of Christianity, and later the Protestant Reformation beginning in 1517, there came a new trend – naming newborns after saints and martyrs from the New Testament. Some of the most popular Biblical names still in heavy rotation today include the Hebrew names Mary and Matthew, the Greek names Luke and Peter, and the Latin name Paul.

Other popular naming trends include ‘occupation names’ such as George, derived from the Greek georgos, ‘husbandman, farmer,’ ‘aspiring personal trait names’ such as Hope and Faith, and ‘word names’ like Apple.

As for Like – it’ll be interesting to see if her parents will plan a play date with the Egyptian couple who recently named their child Facebook in honor of the role it played in supporting the recent revolution there. After all, their parents only need to “friend” each other.

Incidently, some have argued that “like” is the most abused word in English. Read an analysis of that debate, here.

Child-labor laws mean strict rules for firms employing teens.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News August 30, 2004 By Jim McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Aug. 30–When you employ teenagers, even 10 minutes can get you in trouble with federal child-labor laws.

Agents for the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour division have cited the McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores, a family-owned upscale grocer, for working students longer than permitted during the school year and for allowing them to operate dangerous machinery.

But the grocer’s attorney, Dorothy Davis, said several of the violations involve no more than 10 minutes — the time it takes for a 15-year-old worker to walk off the store floor after closing, clock out, collect their belongings and leave.

“We tell the kids they’re done at 7 p.m.,” the official weekday closing time at McGinnis Sisters’ Monroeville and Brentwood stores, Davis said. “They talk to each other. They grab food. They get their coats. It’s a 10-minute lapse where we say they’re not working.” That doesn’t matter to the government, which randomly inspects industries that employ young people to ensure their employers follow complicated regulations governing child labor.

“You’re over, you’re over,” John DuMont, the agency’s district director in Pittsburgh, said of the alleged infractions. “Once you violate the hours, where do you cut it off — one minute, two minutes, 10 minutes?” Dumont’s team of inspectors are charged with enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which covers a range of employment issues including hours of work, overtime pay, minimum wage and child labor restrictions. The state has its own set of laws, which sometimes conflict with the federal regulations and add to the confusion of business owners. Generally speaking, the stricter of the two sets of rules apply. State regulations, for example, allow teenagers aged 14 and 15 to work a maximum of four hours on a school day, compared with the three hours allowed under federal law. go to web site child labor laws

With a new school year starting, both state and federal governments are accelerating efforts to educate business, teenagers and their parents about child labor regulations with unannounced inspections and outreach activities.

The Pittsburgh Wage and Hour office distributes information on child-labor laws to restaurants through equipment vendors and sets up information booths at sporting events to reach parents and teenagers.

It’s an important area of focus. High school surveys cited by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health suggest that about 80 percent of high school students are employed at some time during school. About a third hold jobs during the academic year.

Federal agents typically target retail trades for annual spot checks, especially restaurants and grocery stores, because they are frequent employers of school-age children and in general have relatively high risks of injury.

McGinnis Sisters was snared as part of an ongoing Labor Department sweep targeting independent grocery stores in the northeastern United States, said Labor Department spokeswoman Kate Dugan.

While data on the grocery sweep was unavailable, DuMont said a similar sweep of 54 area restaurants earlier this year found 21 in violation of overtime or minimum wage standards. He said 11 restaurants were cited for child-labor infractions.

On the positive side, DuMont said child labor law compliance is improving among firms it has investigated. The compliance rate this year was 80 percent, up from 62 percent four years ago.

The sweep of independent grocers was sparked by a national child labor survey done in 2000 that those types of stores were involved in a high number of violations regarding the use of restricted machinery such as paper compactors or bailers. Also out of bounds for young workers are jobs involving explosives, driving, mining, logging, demolition, roofing, excavation and operating power-driven equipment such as bakery mixers and slicing machines. go to site child labor laws

In the case of the McGinnis Sisters, federal agents cited the company and its three co-owners — Noreen McGinnis Campbell, Bonnie McGinnis Vello and Sharon McGinnis Young — earlier this month and assessed a penalty of $9,405 for the alleged violations.

Agents said they found that 11 employees ages 15 worked over three hours during the school year, over 18 hours in a week and over 8 hours on a non-school day.

They also alleged one employee ages 16 and two ages 17 were using a restricted paper bailer. A fourth bailer charge was dropped because the young worker was a member of the McGinnis family.

“The hours aren’t going to kill you,” Dugan, the government spokeswoman, said. “But working on the bailers might, or you could lose your hand.” McGinnis Sisters, which operates stores on Northern Pike in Monroeville and Saw Mill Run Blvd. in Brentwood, is contesting the citations.

Davis said the citations involving the bailer are related to confusion over the Labor Department’s online summary of regulations, which the McGinnis Sisters believed permitted their stock boys to drop cardboard boxes into the machine without actually turning it on.

The citations have stunned the grocer’s female owners, all mothers who consider themselves model employers, according to Davis, who acted as their spokeswoman. She said they hire relatives, the children of friends and customers and find employees through churches and school guidance counselors.

They provided the names of parents whose children had good experiences working for the stores and steered a reporter to David Papariello, a Brentwood High School guidance counselor who has referred scores of students to McGinnis Sisters for jobs. “I’ve never had any complaints from my kids,” Papariello said.

The sisters themselves worked in the family business, which was started in 1946 by their parents, Elwood and Rosella, as the McGinnis Country Deli and Farm Market. They took over the operations in 1981.

Davis described the proposed fine as onerous for a small employer operating with the traditionally thin margins experienced by the grocery industry.

There’s no particular economic benefit from hiring students since McGuiness Sisters pay the same starting wage of $5.50 for all new employees no matter their age, Davis said, adding that the company benefits from getting a stable work force.

“It would be much easier to manage adults, generally speaking, than kids with school schedules and commitments, but the sisters do it specifically because they think it is their duty to their heritage, communities and friends,” Davis said. “A lot of the kids are their own family members. They learn the work ethic this way and they think it’s important to continue.”


  1. stella -  July 1, 2013 - 9:20 am

    The parents must be a bit tocked up top!

  2. Stella -  May 30, 2012 - 4:03 am

    My personal favourite is Tally, as in Tally Youngblood of Scott Westerfeld’s ‘Uglies’.

  3. Stella -  May 30, 2012 - 4:00 am

    In my culture, it is taboo to name one’s child after an elder, even if it’s ‘in honour’ of that elder.

  4. Helga -  March 23, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Poor little one! Mentally retarted parents made the future life of the baby full of insults.

  5. TheNewFword -  March 8, 2012 - 10:37 am

    I think the name Like isn’t nearly as bad as the name Facebook. I understand the parent’s interpretation of it and the meaning behind it, but COME ON! Peaches and Apple are up there with ridiculous names. Although, the names I like for my future children, may sound ridiculous to other people in the world.

    I hated my name when I was younger and tried to change it. I frequently told people different names, such as: Twinkle (age 4), Heather (age 4-5), Crystal, etc.

    My aunt works as a nurse in NICU and she told me the weirdest names she’s come across were: Born In August and Meconium… which is a baby’s first poo.

  6. Shane -  August 22, 2011 - 6:12 am

    ♥ i think it doesn’t matter what name you have as long as your not putting anybody else’s down…it’s up to the ppl to judge your name, but the thing there is they dons’t even know you…just be happy and be proud of what you have now…ok LIKE

  7. mme.rebernick -  June 26, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    Sees how much I know…I thought the most abused word is “love.”

  8. Mike -  June 26, 2011 - 1:59 am

    It’s for a very similar reason that (i’m told) sikh families changed their surnames to singh (which i believe means Lion?) – because different surnames relate to different social classes in the indian caste system. Being born with the surname Dalit, for example, could mar your prospects & those of your descendents for generations. Names, in this context, are very definitely typecast – whether that sounds strange to our modern ears or not.

  9. drumbrat77 -  June 25, 2011 - 2:07 am

    haha this reminds me of the 60′s the hippie era when parents named their children Moonlight or Sky. My friend’s name is Willow so in the 80′s she was teased for having a name after the movie. also my friend June had to change her son’s name due to children teasing him because his name was Forest. They used to say “run forest run”! My daughters name is Samarah Morgan taken from the movie The Ring and her twin Raiden Blade taken from the game Mortal Kombat and the movie Blade. One last person I know his name is Sabastian Ellias Mustain Hechaviera these name derive from musicians try writing that on a paper for a class assignment. I like the name “Like” But I foresee the future, kids will tease her, it is unfortunate but it will give the kids an excuse to pick on her for having that name.

  10. don123 -  June 24, 2011 - 10:01 pm


  11. don123 -  June 24, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    wow awesome LIKE on facebook

  12. Kathy -  June 24, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    Uh…. where is the end of the teaser beginning “People named Katherine are…” from the Thesaurus home page??

  13. JK -  June 24, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    I used to go to school with a girl named Vera, and one morning her friend shouted across the hallway, Aloe Vera! in a heavy scottish accent! Half the school was in stitches laughing!

  14. ApuchNeto -  June 24, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    I have a classmate in Calculus her name is Lead Creame’.. hahahaha..

  15. Regina -  June 24, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Once I heard a couple in China wanted to give their baby a name @, because @ in English sounds like in Chinese,meaning “love him”. The couple’s plan was somehow thwarted.

  16. me -  June 24, 2011 - 11:51 am

    OMG i know a girl named Chinna and a girl named Asia. i don’t think they are from were they are named after though.

  17. Ivy -  June 24, 2011 - 11:32 am

    my history teacher was telling us this story, and she said that in the hospitol, when she was picking out a name for her son, a woman next to her was also picking out a name , but for her daughter. the poeple had to choose a name from a list, and at the top of one paper it said: Female, and at the top of the second paper it said: Male. The lady next to my teacher said: “Hmmm…I think I’ll name my daughter Female.” and she pronounced it Fe-mal-e, like, it was Spanish or something…

  18. Mayan Queen -  June 24, 2011 - 10:35 am

    I know of a boy whose name is “Iloveny” just because their parents went to New York and loved the city. My son’s name is Ariel, because i like the name. We speak spanish, and in spanish Ariel for boys is same as Ariel for girls, different from english, because Ariel (boys name) has a different spelling than Arielle (girls name). Same thing Daniel & Danielle, Mitchel & Michelle… my son is five and he’s traumatized because kids at the kindergarten think I called him Ariel after the little mermaid Arielle (again, in spanish it sounds the same). I had to ask him for forgiveness, I was just 17 when i had him.-

  19. Tal of Israel -  June 24, 2011 - 10:28 am

    To Israelis a name such as “Like” would have the same effect as to native English speakers. Hebrew slang is more than half based on English and Facebook is just as big there as anywhere (and as far as I know most people use the English version of Facebook and not the Hebrew one). A visitor to Israel would quickly notice that there’s at least 1 English word (or English-based word) in every 5 sentences spoken by any Israeli under the age of 30.

    “Like” would be an unusually funny name in Israel just as much as anywhere else. Not the worst unusual name I’ve heard of recently, though.

  20. John -  June 24, 2011 - 9:29 am

    I once knew a Laotian girl named ‘Loan.’ Her name was pronounced ‘Loh-Ahn’ and it had nothing to do with the English word ‘loan’; it was just one of those odd little coincidences. Another one is Evel Knievel . With a Korean accent his name is pronounced Eebul Kun Eebul, which translates to Blanket Big Blanket. Had Loh-Ahn never left Laos she would not have gone through life telling people, ‘No, it is Loh-Ahn and no, you cannot borrow me,’ and since Evel did not do his stunts in Korea he did not have to face titters as he prepared to leap 172 buses with a rocket. In the same way, I’m sure with Like Adler growing up speaking Hebrew, her name should not be a big issue for her. In any event, is it even pronounced ‘like?’ Would it not be closer to ‘Leek’?.

  21. EdwardBanana -  June 24, 2011 - 9:09 am

    Reminds me of Seinfeld…

    GEORGE: Pamela?! Awright, I tell you what. You look like nice people,

    I’m gonna help you out. You want a beautiful name? Soda.

    KEN: What?

    GEORGE: Soda. S-O-D-A. Soda.

    CARRIE: I don’t know, it sounds a little strange.

    GEORGE: All names sound strange the first time you hear ‘em. What, you

    Telling me people loved the name Blanche the first time they heard it?

    KEN: Yeah, but uh… Soda?

    GEORGE: Yeah, that’s right. It’s working.

    CARRIE: We’ll put it on the list.

    GEORGE: I solve problems. That’s just what I do.

  22. nitish -  June 24, 2011 - 8:21 am


  23. :) -  June 24, 2011 - 6:35 am

    I’m like “Like I like it…” — just like that. Like that? :)

  24. kittykat -  June 24, 2011 - 5:21 am

    When I read the article about the baby’s name. I found it so cute. LIKE. Pretty name. Better than SPAM! =)

  25. kathryn -  June 24, 2011 - 3:58 am

    why is it i click on a link saying do names affect social status and instead i’m reading a piece about the meaning of names??!!?!!!

  26. kathryn -  June 24, 2011 - 3:55 am

    why is it i click on a link saying do names affect social status and instead i’m reading a piece about the meaning of names??!!?!

  27. name_of_shame. -  June 24, 2011 - 1:18 am

    Naming someone after a button!! What has the world come to?? Good luck to the child because everyone says like. How annoying would that be?!?! And I’m sorry, but getting named Facebook is even worse!! Could you imagine at school, “Hi, I’m Facebook, wanna be my friend?”. Kid’s will think they’re joking and keep bugging them about it. Can’t the world stick to normal names like James, Madeleine, Mark and Mary. Normal, easy names.

  28. Amy -  June 3, 2011 - 6:18 am

    okay so I know this guy whos name is synhead….but t is spelled sh*thead. no ie it really is.

  29. Amy -  June 3, 2011 - 5:59 am

    Yeah my name is very much common. I hae 8 aunts named amy on my fathers side. It gets really old when people are looking for amy but i dont know if they want me or one of my aunts. ugh!

  30. small one -  June 2, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    It probably won’t be as bad in Israeli as it sounds in English.

  31. aine_ -  May 31, 2011 - 2:03 am


  32. Z Z Z -  May 30, 2011 - 4:46 am

    guys, what can be the nickname for “LIKE”?

  33. Z Z Z -  May 30, 2011 - 4:45 am

    its a nice name but how about if someone missed her name? can she call “WANT”?

  34. Marco A. Cruz -  May 28, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    That is fine, as long as the parents don’t name their children “Junk” or “Spam”!

  35. America Kansas Shay -  May 26, 2011 - 7:16 am

    i have 2 aunts named amy….. ur name is very common where i live…

  36. America Kansas Shay -  May 26, 2011 - 5:58 am

    Heyy!!! i know a girl named China and she was named that because her parents loved China (the country)………

  37. Jori -  May 25, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    Facebook was named after Facebook, in honor of it’s support of the Egyptian Revolution — has nothing to do with the parents obsession of the website.

  38. lozb -  May 25, 2011 - 11:24 am

    :-) :-0 ;-)

  39. lozb -  May 25, 2011 - 11:23 am


  40. matt -  May 25, 2011 - 10:40 am

    amy your name is noting like like yours soundes good people can say hey i like amy but it would sound stupid to say hey i like like it just dosent sound right you no what i mean

  41. amy -  May 25, 2011 - 6:14 am

    Fairest on May 20, 2011 at 1:54 am
    How many of you know someone named AMY?

    Amy comes from the French word ‘aimee’ (ay-meh) which means ‘to like’ & it is also a variation on the French word ‘ami’ (ah-mee) which means ‘friend’.
    ‘Like’ is really no different than ‘Amy’ if you think about it.

    The western mindset can be so limited & somewhat arrogant seeing as English, as we know it today, is a relatively ‘new’ language in the history of human communication.

    Amy is french and it means beloved! Hello it is nothing like like and friend. It means beloved!!!!!

  42. Goofy_Charli -  May 25, 2011 - 5:27 am

    I met a China the other day. She’s lovely, but it’s weird saying “China, can I talk to you?” or “China, come here”. It doesn’t sound like a name to me, but hey, whatever floats her parents’ boats.

  43. Taylor -  May 23, 2011 - 12:26 pm

    If a ‘Dislike’ button was created on facebook. I think everyone’s mind would be blown, since everyone is used to the ‘like’ button. But, yeah, everyone is use to saying ‘like’ since its a common simile, and it’s so common to use it when trying to describe something. But, I would never name a child that. s:

  44. Aboli Chavan -  May 23, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Teenage girls are so used to using this ‘Like’ word. You know like using it after every word I mean like describing everything like you have it around you and they are like totally insane!
    How about a name – ‘Dislike’?

  45. America Kansas Shay(not kidding) -  May 23, 2011 - 6:09 am

    Does anyone understand what i SAID? ur wasteing time worrying about a name

  46. OLH064 -  May 22, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    If you’re reading this, then you read comments. (thank you)

    Do you think Orange would be a good name
    if it meant the fruit, or the color? Or would Oran be better?

  47. john rhea -  May 22, 2011 - 6:46 am

    Shaniqua, Tawana, LaMonde, Shaqueen, Shakeen, Kareem, Shalilac, Chandelier. The name “liKe” will be a welcome addition. LaShonde, Damond, Senakwoya……………….

  48. ... -  May 21, 2011 - 7:33 pm

    and my sisters name is anita but i call her nits ;)

  49. ... -  May 21, 2011 - 7:32 pm

    at least your name isn’t supposed to be lice when its alice :(

  50. debra -  May 20, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    I know a person named Leather Lacey and one named Stormie Knight both cool names!
    MJ named his son blanket, but if you are MJ’s child the only name that matters is Michael Jackson.
    My middle name is the month I was born. It sounds old fashioned but cool enough.

  51. thahvid -  May 20, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    Don’t people have pets to save their children the agony of living with their (the parents) poor decisions for a lifetime?

    just saying…

  52. Ucrazy -  May 20, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    What about my name Ucrazy.

  53. Planeprint -  May 20, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    And yet, here you are, misanthropy pure, sharing your insight while snubbing others.

  54. Planeprint -  May 20, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    I used to know someone named Garrett. That used to be a room in a house.

  55. Jack Tors -  May 20, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    Naming your kid “like?” Oy Vey!

  56. MeeLyele -  May 20, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Lol, & i know a guy named barny, COME ON! Like isnt so bad.. haha and that person is sitting next to me because im in school.. hahaha!

  57. MeeLyele -  May 20, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    OMG! Really? “LIKE”!? Hmm.. now to think about it its not so bad.. It might be bad in the fact that people would be making fun of that person because of the name they have but, its all good because its a Unique name.. i actually kinda Like it. Lol :)

  58. qutasia -  May 20, 2011 - 11:32 am

    it is nothing wrong with having a name like that because my sister name Winter like the season i know its crazy but it nothing wrong with her name because she is beautiful and smaret tha is all thgat matter

  59. topher -  May 20, 2011 - 11:24 am

    Starting back in the Malcolm X days, a lot of African-American parents have named their sons “Jamal” because they thought it was the masculine form of the Arabic word for “beautiful.” It’s not. Jameel is the word for beautiful – Jamal means camel.

    So, for all of you who are emaking a big deal about “Like,” please realize that world culture is rife with name-borrowing. A quick Internet search shows that it is not uncommon to find Asian girls with names like “Kitten” and “Lucky.” And, for all you know, your name might mean “prostitute” in Latin, like a poor friend of mine discovered. Or, at the very least, you could be one of the many American “Camels.”

  60. Misanthropy Pure -  May 20, 2011 - 10:22 am

    You people aggravate me to my greatest extent. Do you guys wake up thinking, “Hey, let me go on the internet and show everyone just how much of a bigot I really am.” Seriously, who cares if the kid is named, “Like”? Is it your kid’s name? No. And these people chose the name for a reason. Who are you to judge that? A bunch of pretentious snobs who really think dictionary.com cares about your insight.

  61. kayla -  May 20, 2011 - 10:07 am

    awww so cute

  62. LMichelle10 -  May 20, 2011 - 9:53 am

    I too feel bad for both Like and Facebook, but it can’t be as bad as the man that named his sons “Winner” and “Loser”! Winner wound up in the prison system and Loser became a very successful lawyer or something! I saw this in the movie Freakanomics….very interersting stuff!!

  63. Cortney -  May 20, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Wow! That poor baby will have to live with a stupid, not well thought out name, such as “like”. I would hope that one day his/her parents would feel bad about what they did.

  64. Salma -  May 20, 2011 - 9:42 am

    As you can see my name is Salma meaning beautiful it’s an Arabic name
    the Israeli couple could at least smashed her name with different names.
    Like (not the baby’s name) i ♥ japanese’s name Like Miki meaning beautiful princess/tree and my name into = Maiki – i may not like this name but it so not mean some eles won’t. I bet “Like” is going to be use to it ღ
    at least her name was not face or butt
    ovo hehe
    and Stormme ur name is nice and cool
    if you ever met me i have names that i can’t even right i will try one out of millions.
    Mr. Tabuewada
    and i am bad at remembering names =w=

  65. David Lucero -  May 20, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Well my cousin in law is going to name her kid “unique” so like does not sound that bad.

  66. shawnfisher -  May 20, 2011 - 9:26 am

    thats really cool how they name there kids like that.

  67. marco -  May 20, 2011 - 9:17 am

    yeah, i think that is funny nameing your son or daugther (like) hahahahah

    ps: adrian has a big head !

    the one on your neck

  68. schoolfreak! -  May 20, 2011 - 8:37 am

    everyone has their own views on this name personally i think it’s totally absurd but the child will grow up to like her name my names is lydia i think it is totally weird because i don’t know anyone called lydia but i still like my name and so will Like. Total obsessive facebook freaks i love school but thats just me and i think it’s because i enjoy every subject and emma cross and jared nolan are immense ( they are my teachers )

  69. Hondo -  May 20, 2011 - 8:04 am

    i like Like
    wait do you like Like or do u like like Like?

  70. Grace -  May 20, 2011 - 8:01 am

    I know a kid named Thankgod. Yes, that’s how it’s spelled, too.


  71. I love my name! -  May 20, 2011 - 7:58 am

    Bailey on May 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm
    I want to have a boy and a girl, name the boy Fred and the girl Bubbles. Just kidding, though bubbles would be a cool name, unless you’re goth.

    Maybe not. I know for a fact that it would make no difference if she was gothic, emo, or anything she chooses to be. I am considered to be boarderline emo and some of my best friends are emo, and gothic, but we are just us. No labels please. And if i had a daughter I have two names picked out rebecca grace, and syn grace. whichever is fine with me. and for my sons i want there names to be bradley hunter and christopher reed.

  72. Dorothy -  May 20, 2011 - 7:41 am

    I had a student whose name was “Crystal Clear.” Every morning I would greet her with, “Good morning, is it clear?” She would respond, “Yes, crystal.”

  73. John Smith -  May 20, 2011 - 7:41 am


  74. Daniel -  May 20, 2011 - 7:39 am

    That’s awesome.

    Now begins the era of digitalized names!

  75. Marco B -  May 20, 2011 - 7:01 am

    Hi Ricardo r.

  76. Ricardo Rivera -  May 20, 2011 - 7:00 am

    hi marco

  77. Ricardo Rivera -  May 20, 2011 - 6:58 am

    i love you

  78. America Kansas Shay(not kidding) -  May 20, 2011 - 6:42 am

    I mean look @ jaci may tobias…………………… i mean every one has a weird name…… God didnt put us here to make rude comments about names that totally dont sound right…….. he put us here to do WHATS RIGHT…… and honestly for this situation with “Like” we should be happy for that beautiful child that God gave this wonderful family and stand up for the family & her in hard times…….. NOT to put the family down in misery and be rude………..

    Proverbs 17:7 says,” A friend is a friend. He is there when trouble comes.”

    Jesus also stated,” Treat OTHERS the way YOU want to be treated.”

    Consider what i said and take it into the heart,ppl…….. “Like” ill be praying for you!!!!!!!!

  79. America Kansas Shay(not kidding) -  May 20, 2011 - 6:31 am

    @ Jaci May Tobias

  80. America Kansas Shay(not kidding) -  May 20, 2011 - 6:29 am

    Hey, there is NOTHING wrong with having a weird name, ppl! Seriously!!! I’m a freshman in high school and I don’t get teased when i go in for my classes. Ppl might tease her for a little bit, but kids will get used to it. When I started high school this year, ppl were teasing me because of my name……. well, they also didnt believe me either…….

    America Kansas Shay, is my name………….. i love my name…. honestly!!! but you ppl think this is all b.s. with “Like”…….. don’t be cruel,ppl……

    @well jeez, wras
    i agree ppl should be happy with world cultural!!!!

    @Jaci May Tobias

  81. I love my name! -  May 20, 2011 - 6:15 am

    I remember when I was younger I use to pick on my little brother because his middle name is oscar. I use to tell him that we found him in a oscar mayer farm so we named him after a hot dog. He still gets mad at me at times because whenever I see him I start to sing. My bologna has a first name its O-S-C-A-R! That never gets old, you would think it would but it doesn’t. Also I use to pick on my older sister because her middle name is nichoel but it is spelled nichole! Get it? Nic-hole! Hehe. I guess that was mean now that I look back and remember it but boy way it funny, and our perents didn’t name use weird names at all either. we have normal names. Jessica,carl, Amy, Ryan, and Landon. Of coure I still pick on my dad because his name is really Jimmy Dean…..no lie it really is.

  82. I love my name! -  May 20, 2011 - 6:01 am

    I heard about this on the news. It also turns out she has a brother named “Pie” and a sister named “Honey.” :( It you put it together you get like honey pie. lol. But that is a very sad thing to do. I knew a girl whose name was rainbow. I felt so bad for her because whenever she was sad or upset people nwould always say cheer up you’re a rainbow for crying out loud! UGH! After her 18th birthday a couple of months ago she changed her name to catherine!(After my middle name!) sO lIKE REMEMBER YOU ONLY GOT 18 MORE YEARS OR CRAP TO HEAR BEFORE YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR NAME.

  83. MyName -  May 20, 2011 - 5:48 am

    Kpeter “why not name him/her likeya and nickname like? tht would be better!”
    I agree… “LIKE”(lol)
    or they can have it as a second name or something.

  84. Jeanie -  May 20, 2011 - 5:34 am

    Just wanted to say that I lived in Israel for over a year, and although Hebrew is their language of choice, most of the population does speak English, especially the younger generation . So most people are going to notice the uniqueness of “Like”.

    My mother named me Jean, so I wouldn’t have trouble learning to spell it. Come on, Mom! Over the course of my entire lifetime, the time I spent learning to spell my name as opposed to living with it, was not worth being saddled with “Jean”.

  85. Marc -  May 20, 2011 - 5:13 am

    There once was a maiden named “Like”
    Who fell off her bright purple trike
    But her main claim to fame
    Was the sound of her name
    Which made all of her boyfriends go “Yike!”

  86. cgg-name collector -  May 20, 2011 - 5:11 am

    (a) So, what’s not to Like? ;)
    (b) On Oahu, the Like Like Hwy. On my first trip around the island, I read the sign, and the Hawaiian driver said, “that is ‘Lee-Kay, Lee-Kay’ – we pronounce all syllables.”
    (c) to Andrew Hillary: I wonder if your parents were impressed by Sir Edmond Hillary’s conquest of Mt. Everest? And, if you didn’t know, Andrew means “manly”.
    (d) Bubbles: nickname for Beverly Sills (opera star); bubbly personality
    (e) Any of you watch M*A*S*H*? A really funny episode: what did the B.J. in B.J. Hunnicutt stand for?
    (f) My mom grew up living next door to girl triplets named: Faith, Hope, & Charity.
    (g) Scene: birthday party for 3 year-old Serena, and I said to her, “Honey, let’s put your gifts over here.” She: “I’m not Honey – she’s over there (pointing to her young aunt); I’m ‘Serena’!” No “Sweetie” in the group, just in case you are wondering.
    (h) Old TV show, I’ve got a secret? Guest, and her secret – her name: Merry Christmas.
    (i) Susan St. James, actress, 60′s. Her two children with first husband, daughter Sunshine, son Harmony. Second marriage, sons William and Charles. I recall seeing her interviewed in late night – she said after the births of Billy and Charley, she told the older two children that if they wanted to change their names, she would be totally okay with that. They decided to keep their names, “because we have different names than everybody else.” Oh, yes, Cher’s daughter Chastity, is now son Chaz; and her son, with Gregg Allman: Elijah Blue.
    (Y): that’s all I have! (At least for now)
    (z): oh, the answer to (e): finally we learned he was named for his mom, Bea and his father, Jay.

  87. Marc -  May 20, 2011 - 5:08 am

    How do you pronounce the name “Like”? My daughter’s name is Lise and she gets mispronounced about 97% of the time. Most just call her Lisa, but others call her Lies (as in fibs) or Elise (which, oddly enough, was the name of one of her best friends in high school). Very few seem to want to call her Lees (the correct pronunciation). I thing our new young friend should be ready for a lifetime of being called leeka, likea, leekeh, even likeah (yeah, people are that dumb!)
    She should also prepare for a lot of therapy!

  88. louis paiz -  May 20, 2011 - 5:02 am

    some names evolve from the work people used to do or the trade they where in, such as if the name has more then one it is because they name the child with the name of the father grand father and great grandpapa.depends in the culture one is borned some are in honor of mother nature or if agreat hero.same with the last name they where used according to your trade such as dress, taylor, sebo and viceversa.
    thank you.

  89. henry han -  May 20, 2011 - 4:19 am

    I feel bad for the little girl
    I’d be weird if someone was like
    “I like you” and that would be like (pretend your name is michael)
    I Michael you
    and the other messed up thing, when she makes a facebook account,
    It’ll have her name on it and she’ll show off at school saying like facebook has my name on it!!!
    and they’ll be like ???

  90. kevin -  May 20, 2011 - 2:28 am

    i agree with Melinda…..

  91. kevin -  May 20, 2011 - 2:23 am

    thats the stupidest thing i have ever heard… her parents should burn in everlasting hell!

  92. Fairest -  May 20, 2011 - 1:54 am

    How many of you know someone named AMY?

    Amy comes from the French word ‘aimee’ (ay-meh) which means ‘to like’ & it is also a variation on the French word ‘ami’ (ah-mee) which means ‘friend’.
    ‘Like’ is really no different than ‘Amy’ if you think about it.

    The western mindset can be so limited & somewhat arrogant seeing as English, as we know it today, is a relatively ‘new’ language in the history of human communication.

  93. Matthew B. Winkel -  May 20, 2011 - 12:57 am

    I (ironically) hated the shield-stealing like-likes in the Legend of Zelda series until they became the awesome, ginormous, easy-to-avoid 3-D ones in Ocarina of Time … *chuckle*

  94. katie -  May 20, 2011 - 12:54 am

    i like this too it is so funny imaging what people would say if you’re name was like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. LIKE -  May 20, 2011 - 12:23 am

    twitter is much better than like.

  96. Melinda -  May 19, 2011 - 10:48 pm

    I read in another article that Like’s got a brother named Pie, which is just as bad.

    Why would you give any child a name that has to be explained constantly because of the spelling or meaning? Why would you want to draw that kind of attention away from the child itself? People who say an unusual name makes their child “unique” or “stand out” are wrong. All it does is say that the child’s parents are so self-absorbed that they want everyone to pay attention to have “clever” they think they are to come up with a “creative” name.

    Yeah, my mom tried that garbage. I changed my name the minute I turned 18 to something almost everyone can say, spell, and pronounce. My siblings each did the same, exchanging Keeshaa, Domino, Oceana, and Sunshine for Christine, David, John, and Emily as soon as they could do so. It’s was bad enough I had to constantly spell and explain my last name (and now my married name). I didn’t want or need the hassle of dealing with a “cute, fun, creative” first name.

  97. Isn'tSheLovely -  May 19, 2011 - 10:22 pm

    Aww! Poor Like! She’s gonna have trouble tal;king..
    Teen: Like and then…
    Like: What?
    Teen: Like, what’s your name?
    Like: Uh…. Like?
    Teen: Yea, you got a problem with how i talk?

    lets just say like’s life will be moi interesting…

  98. Luck in W -  May 19, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    BTW, I have to more or less explain my name every time I’m introduced or introduce my name. And no, I’m not telling.

  99. E -  May 19, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    Are people not allowed to make their own choices, with out being looked down upon? I feel as though we live in a world full of dictators, and we are thrown to the side of the path whenever we make our own choices.

  100. Luck in W -  May 19, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    There have been strange, not to say weird first names around for a while, especially since the hippie era.

    There was an “unconfirmed” story going around that there was a child named “Size 12.” His parents had put names into a hat and his/her father had pulled out a piece of paper with that name on it. One name that was popular in the 1960s and 1970s was Chiquita for a banana brand. See also the use of state, country, city or landmark names as first names for both male and female.

    I have an unusual first name, too, but at least it has a centuries-long history as an anthroponym, though it is little used.

  101. J.L. -  May 19, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    Oh, gee. Poor Like. Poor Facebook. I wish the best for you!

  102. American -  May 19, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    I feel like maybe it would have been more appropriate if they mispelled it… such as Lyke? But even that’s stretching it.

  103. Shenanigans! -  May 19, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    I am having a baby next month and after months of debate I just now decided on a name! And I promise you it is nothing near as horrible as this! Don’t these people think about what they are doing to the child?? I have had such a hard time deciding because the origin and meaning of a name are EXTREMELY important to me! All these poor kids with dumb, meaningless names are going to have a hard time in life.

  104. jame -  May 19, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    it’s her parents choice to name her “LIKE” so why fuss ???

  105. ME -  May 19, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    girl: “Omg i was like–”
    Like: “Yeah?”
    girl: ” im not talking to you”
    Like: “oh okay.”
    girl: “so i was like–”
    Like: “yeah???”
    girl: “im not talking to you!!”
    Like: “sorry. carry on.”
    girl: “sooooo i was at justin beibers concert and he was like”
    Like: “yessss”

  106. Kpeter -  May 19, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    why not name him/her likeya and nickname like? tht would be better!

  107. ron archie austria -  May 19, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    i certainly believe that a child’s name to be given is one of the honorable prerogatives of his/her parents, for as long as this is well thought of and this will not bring the child shame as he/she grow up.

  108. Kara -  May 19, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Poor Like. There is a book about someone named Clementine though. :)

  109. Sarika -  May 19, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    So…a conversation with Like would go like this?

    Like: Are you coming over today?
    Friend: Like, totally!

    Like: You’ve been a good friend.
    Friend: It’s because I LIKE you so much, Like!

    You could make so many puns with that name!
    I still think it’s a bit ridiculous to name your child after the “Like” button. Just think how awful it’d be if they had a “dislike” button, or even a “meh” button!

  110. Jen -  May 19, 2011 - 5:29 pm

    If I was a boy and has a crush on Like…

    I would say, “I like Like”
    Or, “I love Like”

  111. asdhnknzaslf -  May 19, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    bubbles a cute name…… :D

  112. asdhnknzaslf -  May 19, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    i kno a guy named seven.

    My name means noble kind.

  113. cc -  May 19, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    In my town there is a child named Her Majesty My Love and another named Lucifer. Sad!

  114. Mary -  May 19, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    The following is true. While in school I knew a girl named Crystal. Her last name was Glass.

  115. Facebook -  May 19, 2011 - 4:40 pm


  116. J.B. -  May 19, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    That is sooo odd! I also have heard of a chinese kid who the parents insisted on naming @. People sure think of uh… unique names.

  117. Bailey -  May 19, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    I want to have a boy and a girl, name the boy Fred and the girl Bubbles. Just kidding, though bubbles would be a cool name, unless you’re goth.

  118. Georgia -  May 19, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    I think the worst name I have ever heard of is “Meconium”!!! A doctor friend, (OBGYN), once said that she urged for a C-section due to the presence of meconium in the amniotic fluid. When the mother heard that word, she lit up and said, “Meconium! I like that!” She consequently named her baby boy Meconium, which incidentally means ‘the first fecal excretion of a newborn child, composed chiefly of bile, mucus, and epithelial cells’!!! How crazy is that? When this child grows up, he will be distraught to learn that his name means sh…t!

  119. Tina -  May 19, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    eehhh, who would name their kid “like”????
    I feel sorry for them ):

  120. Well jeez, Wras -  May 19, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    It’s not child abuse. It’s just a name, and that is your opinion and not some unbroken fact. And to those who keep saying, “What the heck that name is so embarrassing/stupid/horrible,” think about the cultural background. I understand that it’s not common from where YOU come from. I don’t even believe that her parents were that into Facebook.

    Now let’s all be content with our cultural differences, please. :/

  121. jose@ -  May 19, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    omg that is soo freakin mean hahaha i havea friend called rata

  122. Haha -  May 19, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Why would someone their kid after Facebook or the Like button on Facebook? See what Internet addiction is doing to us??! Does anybody notice at all?

  123. Anonymous -  May 19, 2011 - 3:45 pm


  124. Anonymous -  May 19, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    for the person who asked what chasitie means hear you go:
    Chaste, Pure

  125. return of the shredderking -  May 19, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    but like you shouldn’t be offensive over those ryhmes they’re just words member the old saying ‘sticks and stones may brake my bones but words will never hurt me

  126. Zia -  May 19, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    I would never name my kid Facebook or Like, cant wait for those kids to grow up and change there names!!! I met my husband at Walmart but id never name my kid Walmart in honor of love ha ha

    IUclarinetgirl fyi its perodic table no period table…

  127. Andy -  May 19, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    How stupid. What’s with this generation giving such absurd names to their childs? Whatever happened to classic names?

    Poor children, they have to live with that for the rest of their lives unless they legally change their name.

  128. NatalieeWTF!! -  May 19, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    I know a person called star and someone called ice, this is phsically a normal name. Say if your called Raine for instance, people can make fun of that name but still knowing that theres is weird to you. We all have different names and all are normal.

  129. return of the shredderking -  May 19, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    but i think (like) would get offensive if HER name was ryhmed ; for example like,ike,bike,hike,dike those are all ryhming words that might be offensive to like

  130. Claire -  May 19, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    I , myself, think that the parents have done a mistake. I mean, if they are Israeli and thats a word in their language I can understand. But seriously , why would someone do that? In the future, that might lead to some problems, like teasing, name calling too like “face”, or “button” or something like that. I advise you two, (not tryin to be paranoid) but please be concerned about your childs future. Besides, these stupid paparazzi men or women don’t even freakin KNOW IF THEY MEAN TO NAME THEIR DAUGHTER AS A BUTTON ON FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!! seriously ppl! get REAL. :p

  131. Arcanis -  May 19, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    i managed to pick a name for myself, but the meaning behind it is obscured to everyone

    it is
    Kurahk Matoro Arcanis

  132. Jaci May Tobias -  May 19, 2011 - 2:19 pm

    I understand how “Like” is going to be tortured later on in her life…. Just take my name…. Jaci May Tobias…… I get teased at school everyday. I would never name my clild that type of name unless I lived in a country with a name like that, is common. Sorry, I’m here for you, little one!

  133. Wrasfish -  May 19, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    I once encountered a man–age 62, filing for disability benefits due to a heart condition–named WDB Jones. He insisted he had no first name, just initials. Eventually, I saw his birth certificate. His full legal name was Welcome Darling Baby Jones.

    Parents, when you look into that cradle, don’t look at a cuddly infant. Look at a future assistant district attorney, and give the child a name that will help it achieve that position.

    To saddle a child with a weird name is a form of child abuse.

  134. Cherah -  May 19, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    @ chas : Your name means “Love” (it’s in the Bible.) Ok, @ jmc HAHAHAHA so hilarious I totally agree, also there’s this girl whose name is “Honestly Serious”, so just imagine her walking into an interview and saying : ” Good evening I’m Honestly Serious it’d be a pleasure to work for you.” How hilarious (sorry for my lack of vocab.), and it’d be the same for “Like” HAHAHA, just imagine (sorry for laughing cause I really feel bad for her.) : {

  135. Lefty -  May 19, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    I wounder what her middle name is?? Like Whatever Apedillo

  136. Essence of Awesomeness -  May 19, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    I agree with everyone saying the whole culture thing, where in one country the name ‘Like’ would just be a name, where here it is a word. However, I still think that some of the names people come up with for their kids are rediculous.

  137. Andrew -  May 19, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    (@ noname) I tottaly agree with you. Im a boy and my middle name is HIllary. It’s both a boy and girl name though people make fun of me at school for my middle name. We should NOT judge other people by there name but there personality.

  138. Andrew -  May 19, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    I would be sooooooo embaresed to have a name like that. You would have to explain to everyone at school why you are named that. (lol theres a like button for facebook so up top)

  139. Talia Atkisson -  May 19, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    Wow I feel so sorry for both of them I meen really Like and facebook hey I bet that mark guy that owns facebook is happy that people are nameing there kids that

  140. yo mom -  May 19, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    I have a friend that is named Edwin

  141. person -  May 19, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    i want to name my kid Peaches. how about that?

  142. Could you name your child a 'swear word'?... -  May 19, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Can you even name your child a ‘swear word’. I wouldn’t do it fo obvious reasons, but seems to what has already been said, would it be legal to call them, for instance, the ‘F’ word? I suppose it’s somthing that could be investigated…and if so, would it be allowed to be used publicly, for example, on the school register?

  143. Deborah McKown -  May 19, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    A boy says “my name is Sue, how do you do?”

  144. Orion -  May 19, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Yeah… Mum was an aerospace engineer when she named me, hence my astral name. The only real problem is that everyone pronounces it wrong the first time… so now I kinda go by Oreo…. o_O

  145. MyMe -  May 19, 2011 - 11:36 am

    Hey I think shes lucky.My name is so common I have 2 other people in 3 of my classes with the same name.We all get really confused.:(

  146. Puchiko -  May 19, 2011 - 11:31 am

    I think you’re all missing a key point. The baby is Israeli, her native language is most likely Hebrew. Therefore, all those points about “I like Like” are irrelevant.
    I live in the Czech republic, where the law forbids “names that aren’t names”. If you want to name your child in an unusual way you must provide proof (a book, a calendar) that the name is actually a name and used for the child’s gender. I strongly disagree with this-it’s a typical example of a nanny state. Only downright obscene names (e.g. profanities) should be banned to protect the child, Like is simply an original name.

  147. jennylocks16 -  May 19, 2011 - 11:05 am

    @ Payton I love how you used the quote and it is so true. Very few people care about there name and a name is not who you are. Anyway many people go by nicknames anyway and sometimes they are not even called by their first name. Many times they are called by their middle name if they perfer that over tehir first name.

  148. Dylan -  May 19, 2011 - 10:17 am

    my name is
    the miz
    not wwe champ

  149. FrodoSam -  May 19, 2011 - 10:06 am

    I agree with you, CoolPerson123. Btw, nice name. :)

  150. jmc -  May 19, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Just one thing for incipient parents to ponder: Whatever you name your child, please realize that your kid is going to carry that moniker through school. If, for instance, your family name is “Wowman”, “Like” might not be a good choice. Similarly, if your family name is “Dumpling” or “Streudel”, then “Apple” might be an unfortunate choice.

  151. jaylah 101 -  May 19, 2011 - 9:31 am

    now i see y you call her like but that is a dumb name my not to you but to all of us it is dumb so name her something else

  152. christopher plowden -  May 19, 2011 - 9:31 am

    I named my child “poopoo” plowden

  153. LuannD -  May 19, 2011 - 9:20 am

    How can we forget Seinfeld’s George Costanza and the baby name “Soda” and then “Seven”? On the tv show, House, the female character on his team named “Thirteen”.

  154. G G -  May 19, 2011 - 9:08 am

    Names for ponder and pander. I think, therfore, I think. I name you, I control you. Be controlled.

  155. LynAs -  May 19, 2011 - 9:01 am

    wow, nice article

  156. rainfalls -  May 19, 2011 - 8:56 am

    if she grew up a nice person then people will “like” her on facebook, lol

  157. Svenjamin -  May 19, 2011 - 8:37 am

    In honor of Facebook we’re going to name our unborn child “Lack Of Actual Friends”, for short “LOAF”. That way it will work if it’s a girl or a boy.

  158. Greg -  May 19, 2011 - 8:34 am

    I would like to name my child “Seven.” George’s favorite name.

  159. Jobeth78 -  May 19, 2011 - 8:25 am

    Like likes peas. She like ate like a whole bowl.

  160. AmyB5678 -  May 19, 2011 - 8:24 am

    It may be wierd to the english speaking folks but “Like” for Egypetions isn’t a word they use in every other sentence like we do. It’s kinda like us stealing an Arabic word for a name because we like what it means.

  161. iLuvmybbyboiiafa -  May 19, 2011 - 8:14 am

    ohhh, wait in mah skull i have a fren named barney well name is a name?

  162. ur mom -  May 19, 2011 - 8:14 am

    glove and blanket………

  163. Scarlett -  May 19, 2011 - 8:02 am

    I feel sorry for the kid. “Like, come here” or “Like, where are you going?” The child will have poorer grammar than most teenage girls. Poor girl.

  164. lozb -  May 19, 2011 - 8:01 am

    OMG i have a friend called faith! hi fith if u see this! MOO MOO!

  165. Bob Beazley -  May 19, 2011 - 7:39 am

    I can imaine naming a child ‘Like’ ( I knew one)…but I can’t imagine naming one ‘Like?’.

  166. Gracie -  May 19, 2011 - 7:33 am

    If i was their child (of both) i would legally change my name as soon as possible. Stop being obsessed with facebook and start living. yeah it has meaning but seriously? naming your child a name that they might HATE later on? dont torture your kids. plus other kids will probly make fun of them for the rest of their life. You rlly gotta think about what ur kid would like best. sometimes you outgrow a name. like, for example, Demi. You can outgrow that name when ur older…..so yea. the name Demi isnt as bad though.

  167. John Smith -  May 19, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Moon Unit Zappa

  168. hewhosaysfish -  May 19, 2011 - 7:23 am

    To all the people saying “Poor child, growing up with a name like Like”, it should be noted that her family are Israeli and the official languages of Israel (according to my quick scan of Wikipedia) are Hebrew and Arabic.

    As such, it won’t necessarily sound as weird to people there as it might to a native-anglophone and oddities like “I, like, like you, Like” won’t crop up.

    Of course, English is the unofficial official language of the internet (to the extent that “Like” buttons are apparently still called “Like” buttons in Israel) so she may not be entirely free and clear…

  169. Robert -  May 19, 2011 - 7:22 am

    Hey in louisiana these parents named their child la-a (la DASH a) and I feel realy bad for that little girl with the weird name…

  170. jobless -  May 19, 2011 - 7:00 am

    @ nameless
    …. or when they ask you what you do. If you say a doctor then perhaps you’re worth knowing but if you say cashier then perhaps not

  171. Fabian -  May 19, 2011 - 6:17 am

    Dislike would have been a lot worse!

  172. Silverchild -  May 19, 2011 - 6:10 am

    It’s funny. I’m Greek and I live in Greece for 30 years so far, but I only realised the origin of the name George (Giorgos in Greek) by reading your post.

  173. Shadow -  May 19, 2011 - 5:57 am

    Interesting choice for a name. Sounds like they put a lot of thought into naming her. If the child was a male would he have been named “Like” or some thing different? What about the future, if they do have a son, what name from facebook will they choose? There are many names I that have not been picked from facebook. Figuring out why parents would want to continually call their child by names like: Cinnamon, or Cherokee. Image the name “Awesome”, instead of “Like.” Simply replace any name side by side to compare. Riding a cow instead of horse also made the news in Germany. Why not create a great beginning, dare to be different. Bravo!!!

  174. MyName -  May 19, 2011 - 5:54 am

    well, in China… they have “weird” names if you’ll translate it to eenglish, sme parents will name their kids like lizard, bird, kind of insect or what not. I think it also varry on the culture, as for that baby named “Like”, if it was based in Facebook’s “like”, well, maybe her parents meet up in facebook or something.

  175. Liza with a Z -  May 19, 2011 - 5:49 am

    There’s a lot more off of FB that could be worse: “Hi, my name is Share Status” or “It’s pronounced F’arm-vill-aye, not ‘Farmville’.”

  176. Shay -  May 19, 2011 - 5:34 am

    Poor kids… :P The one’s nickname is gonna be, like, Face. Think of if they got famous… “OMG! You’re Face!” O.O

  177. PalePilgrim -  May 19, 2011 - 5:31 am

    Chas – are you seriously asking us what your name means? Have you never had the sense to look it up anywhere? Do you have books where you are from? Fool.
    Anyway ‘Like’ is a stupid name for the girl. DaughterOfIdiots would be more appropriate. Fools.

  178. MyName -  May 19, 2011 - 5:14 am

    Maria Helenna Julianna Constantina Ferrer-de Padua, this is the name of my friend. I used to make fun of her when she was in grade school lane of her paper is not enoough to finish it and she always complain that her name is too long.
    Some parents has this outrageous ideas when they give names to their kids. I also had a friend whos name is Little Laped(this is just his first name), and his not little, he’s 6’2! maybe some parents will think ofcute names because the baby looks cute but they forgot that babys will grow. And I’m one of those victim of these circumstances, my name was a combination of my Mom and my Dad’s name,
    but “I think that how they see me, the product of their undying LOVE”…wEw!

  179. Faraday -  May 19, 2011 - 5:14 am

    The word “Like” was around long before facebook and will be around long after facebook.

    @Clancy: You’re glad you have a “normal” name? Define Normal. If your real name is “Clancy” that is far from “normal” (by the definition that I assume you’re assigning to it). In fact, I’ve never met anyone named Clancy so that’s downright abnormal in my experience. Is that a boy’s name or a girl’s name?

    @OkayK: “What if your parents named you… toilet?” bathrooms and toilets are often called “john” or “johns” So there you go.

    I used to know a guy named Nimrod. When I grew up “nimrod” was what we would call someone who made a stupid mistake. It was interchangable with “idiot”. But my friend Nimrod (who I met years later) was from Israel where it’s a common name that comes from the bible.

    People, just because a name seems “odd” to you doesn’t mean that to millions of other people it isn’t normal.

    Get out of your freakin’ shells.

  180. Raina bo baina -  May 19, 2011 - 5:12 am

    “Like” is better then “Apple”….. in my opinion lol

  181. Spike -  May 19, 2011 - 4:49 am

    Names are just labels made up by the man to suppress the common man, man…man….

  182. truefilipina -  May 19, 2011 - 2:56 am

    her parents are really attached into the virtual world of facebook..

  183. Jack -  May 19, 2011 - 2:55 am

    Hello Like. Have you, Like seen a page on a site that talks about Like Liking Like?

  184. deo -  May 19, 2011 - 2:47 am

    As English is not their mother language
    ‘like’ will not be an issue, unless the girl emigrates tol an english speeking country.
    Does everyone still try to forget Prince changed his name to a symbol, that meant nothing in any language, also the couple in England whom named their child * or asteriks, easy to spell *, and makes you wonder if that had been a girl would they have called her Stella?

  185. Stormme -  May 19, 2011 - 2:39 am

    I feel really sorry for the kid. My name’s Stormme (pronounces Storm) so you can imagine how tormented I’ve been my whole life. “oooh are you one of the x-men??” “have you got a brother called Thunder?” “Were you born in a thunderstorm?” OH HOW HILARIOUS YOU ARE. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like my name and everything but what am I going to do when I’m an old lady with a walking stick and people say “Oh what’s your name?” and I reply with Stormme, they’re gunna think I’m being funny!! This poor girl – I definitely feel her pain… But I guess it’s the same for Keanu Reeve’s son Pilot Inspektor. Cruel.

  186. armadillo -  May 19, 2011 - 1:01 am

    my name translates to:
    The red man of the earth
    that is a friend of horses
    that lives on the banks of the Tweed River in Scotland

  187. viser -  May 19, 2011 - 12:55 am

    Like..hmmm… when time comes that she’ll have her own Facebook account and she liked something about his/her friend’s post or anything, the notification will be “Like likes _______.” cool..

  188. KOBRAH -  May 19, 2011 - 12:48 am

    p.s. i also know this chick called ‘gelli’ pronounced ‘jelly’!!!1

  189. KOBRAH -  May 19, 2011 - 12:46 am

    i know a kid called ocean-blue as his first name!!!!! that would suck!

  190. How can you name someone with a crazy name like Like. (Like Like~) ^^ -  May 18, 2011 - 11:10 pm

    Like likes liking to like her liked name.
    Man! The facebook like thing made be crack

  191. CupBoard -  May 18, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Now this is too much, why screw someone’s life with such riddiculus name.. for which he or she has to be embarrassed for their whole life.

  192. Yes -  May 18, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    I see so many random and off-topic comments :-|

    Anyways, I “like” the name name “like” as long as they keep the integrity of the name by which she will grow up to be. If ever she feels like changing names, she can easily make up a nickname or so. :-D

  193. Ben -  May 18, 2011 - 10:18 pm

    Is the couple Israeli or Egyptian?

  194. 10over6 -  May 18, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    It’s not so crazy if you take into account that the couple doesn’t live in America (and the language the kid will grow up speaking is mainly not English). I mean the name “Mike” would sound just as “strange” to someone who doesn’t speak English regularly. We English speaking people know and use the word “Like” everyday a hundred times and it has more meaning to us- so if we hear someone has that as a name, that would be strange. But if you speak Hebrew regularly, Like is just another name…

  195. IUclarinetgirl -  May 18, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    I’m named after an element on the period table. Yeah, its weird, but I like it!

  196. kaye -  May 18, 2011 - 9:17 pm

    heheehe…it is just simply the parents like to named their angel “Like”.

  197. Neha -  May 18, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    It’s really starnge to see the addiction and hence fascination of such social networking sites, FACEBOOK! And for God’s sake, dont spoil the name of the new little angel, as by the time she grows up, people will be obsessed with another new dimension of social networking which definitely wont be this! she ll feel like an antediluvian! i pity the child for her parents want her to feel so antiquated when she grows up! Sorry, little angel “LIKE” :(

  198. Why do you care -  May 18, 2011 - 8:21 pm

    I know a person named Pikachu because her parents are Pokemon Manics
    We just call her Chu, she likes it better.

  199. ysabella -  May 18, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    Whatever floats your boat *cough* (computerjunkies)

  200. CoolPerson123 -  May 18, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    “Like?” Really? Okay, I can see how people would name their child “Like,” but after the button on FACEBOOK??? Wow, this world is getting TOO OBSESSED!!!!! STOP THINKING ABOUT FACEBOOK!!!!

  201. Nameless -  May 18, 2011 - 7:59 pm

    What IS in a name? Every time someone asks me my name, the same thing always plays inside my head. Does it really matter what my name is? What matters is what I’m like. I get so tempted to just tell people I have no name. That way, they can judge me based on who I am, not by my name.

  202. OkayK -  May 18, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    OMG! That is weird. I can’t believe why someone would name their daughter or son Facebook or Like. Total Weird! So sorry for the unlucky girl. Again, who would name someone that? I mean what if your parents named you…. toilet?

  203. chas -  May 18, 2011 - 7:13 pm

    ive always wondered what my name means… chasitie… does anyone know??

  204. Juanderani -  May 18, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    I’m named after the first christian martyr. It’s a Greek name that means ‘The Crowned One’, apparently. Much better than being named Facebook; honestly.

  205. leeesaah -  May 18, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    Eh, to each their own.

  206. jame -  May 18, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    @ Calixa : yeah anyone can name their child anything even a household objects.. how about “Broom”, or “Dustpan” perhaps as name of your kid ??? haha … just kiddin’ ! :)

  207. clancy -  May 18, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    Hey, I just noticed; there are 2 kids in my school named Hope and Destiny! I guess that trend has already hit my town!!

  208. clancy -  May 18, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    There are some weird names out there, but I’v never heard of “Like”. I’m glad I have a normal name!

  209. jame -  May 18, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    isn’t it awkward to name your child “LIKE” ??? “LIKE” will eventually grow up then someone will like her, and that someone will tell her ” I LIKE YOU LIKE ” haha.. so absurd for me..
    my real name is Jamelyn, pronounce as Jaymielyn.. my parents told me that “LYN” means girl.. so me and my two sisters have “LYN” too in their names.. =) just wanna share…

  210. Payton -  May 18, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    Poor girl. Good luck, Like.

  211. Payton -  May 18, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
    -William Shakespeare
    -Romeo & Juliet (Act II, Scene II)

    What’s in a name? They can be embarassing. Or cute. Or funny. Or they can affect your life or the way people think about you.

  212. Blubz -  May 18, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    I loveeeeee my cheex. She is my best friend!

  213. Jenna B123 -  May 18, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    Wowzee! this be jenna b 123. I see that ye think the name like seems to be really creepy! word! Respect

  214. the real pedro -  May 18, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    now if anyone says like he will say “Someone call my name?” teenage girls will drive him crazy

  215. Minnie -  May 18, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    Wow that’s so retarded and sad. I feel bad for the little girl.

  216. Book Beater -  May 18, 2011 - 5:28 pm

    I translate my name as Peace near falling water making clothes.

  217. hello friend -  May 18, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    thats wierd but super cool at the same time. :D

  218. Calixa -  May 18, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    I’ve always wondered what’s behind a name. Anyone can name their kid anything I guess. Even a household object!

  219. Lefty -  May 18, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    WoW!! Interesting!! Funny how some people will do just about anything to get noticed! In this case poor child will have to live with a name like this!

  220. pedro -  May 18, 2011 - 4:03 pm

    i “like” :)


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