Stephen McLaughlin and his wife are expecting a baby daughter on April 2. It’s not clear that his wife is on board with this plan, but Stephen has come up with a unique way to name his daughter: he is asking the internet.
Usually asking the internet is reserved for stray facts like the capital of Nebraska or the population of South Sudan. Naming a child draws on traditions and norms far older than the internet. But hey, someone was going to try this, so lets’ see how it’s going.
At the time of writing, Amelia is the clear favorite for first name, but Mae is barely holding off All-Spark for the middle name.
The annoying, but good thing about this is that Stephen is not holding himself to the contest results, and the more he is asked, the less binding his experiment sounds.
But hey, this doesn’t have to be for his sake. This is a good social experiment in what happens when a group of strangers has control over something where they can be kind or hilarious, but probably not both.
Toward those ends, let’s look at the current top 10:
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I count five funny ones and five that people actually have. Of that second group, however, Amelia and Zelda are references for at least some of the people voting them up (Amelia Pond is Doctor Who’s best friend, Zelda is the perpetually kidnapped princess of the Legend Of Zelda games). Luna could be Luna Lovegood of the Harry Potter world.
The joke names are also references. Cthulu is the internet’s favorite squid-god-thing, Megatron is the most evil transformer and Not Zelda is, well, not Zelda.
So, from this little study we have learned that when you ask the internet to name a child, they will split pretty evenly between pure jokes and real names that are quietly references to some of the internet’s favorite fantasy worlds.
And here are a few more highlights from further down the list: Streetlamp, Pancake, Swag, Xantia, Moonpod, InternetJr, Unicorn, Piers Morgan, Wednesday, Stephen Jr., Django, Stormageddon, Le and Marry Me?