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逗逼父母起名记:美国人热捧Apple和Siri

2014-05-05    来源:chinadaily    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Parents seem to be looking in an unusual place for inspiration for baby names this year - their smartphones and iPads.

The number of babies named after Apple products has soared - Apple, Siri and Mac have all risen in popularity as baby names this year, according to parenting advice site BabyCenter's annual report.

Siri - the name of the 'personal assistant' app on iPhone - has risen 5% in popularity, and the name Apple has leapt 585 places up BabyCenter's chart this year.

The huge success of iPhone and iPad seem to be behind the new trend - BabyCenter describes the youngsters as 'iBabies'.

"The smart phone may just be the best parenting tool since diapers, and some moms and dads are paying homage to industry leader Apple in their choice of baby names," says Linda Murray, the site's global editor in chief.

"The moniker Apple, though still an unusual choice, rose 15% for girls, vaulting a whopping 585 spots."

"For boys, the name Mac jumped 12%. And parents sure like the sound of Siri: The company's voice-enabled personal assistant climbed 5% on the list of girl names."

Space-themed baby names - perhaps inspired by the publicity around NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover - also rose in popularity.

"It seems space was a huge naming inspiration for parents this year: Sky, Star, Luna, Skylar, Heaven, Stella, and Mars all flew higher than last year. BabyCenter moms aren’t alone; celebrities like Uma Thurman – who named her daughter Luna – are looking to the sky as well," says Miller.

Last week, a couple claimed to have called their baby Hashtag, after the Twitter term.

A Facebook post said, "Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 o'clock last nite. She weys 8pounds and i luv her so much!!!!!!"

Later, the authenticity of the post was disputed, with some claiming that the name was a fake, or a viral promotion.

(Read by Brian Salter. Brian Salter is a journalist at the China Daily Website.)

今年,家长们似乎开始另辟蹊径,以智能手机和iPad为灵感给宝宝取名。

美国育儿网站BabyCenter的年度报告称,今年取名为Apple产品名称的宝宝大幅增加,取名为Apple,Siri和Mac的宝宝都有增加。

取名为iPhone手机中“个人助理”应用程序Siri的宝宝增加了5%,Apple已经在BabyCenter今年的宝宝取名排行榜中跃升了585位。

iPhone和iPad产品的巨大成功成为这一趋势的原因。BabyCenter网站将这一代宝宝称为iBabies。

该网站的全球总编琳达-莫雷说:“自从纸尿裤问世以来,智能手机可能是出现的最好的育儿工具,而且很多父母在给宝宝取名时以此向工业先驱苹果公司表示敬意。”

“尽管Apple还不是常用的宝宝名字,但取名为Apple的女婴今年增加了15%,跃升了585位。”

“取名Mac的男婴今年增加了12%。家长们的确很喜欢Siri的发音:苹果公司的这款有声个人助理程序在女婴取名排行中上升了5%。”

受空间探索启发而取的宝宝名字也有增加,这也许是受到美国宇航局发射好奇号火星探测器的影响。

米勒说:“看起来今年受空间探索启发给宝宝取名的父母很多:取名为Sky, Star, Luna, Skylar, Heaven, Stella, 和Mars的宝宝都有上升。BabyCenter上统计的妈妈们并不孤单,乌玛-瑟曼等名人也以此给宝宝取名,她给宝宝取名为Luna。”

上周,一对夫妇给他们的宝宝取名为Twitter词汇Hashtag(标签)。

Facebook上的一篇帖子写道:“Hashtag Jameson昨晚10点出生了,重八磅,我好爱她!”

随后,这篇帖子的真实性遭到怀疑,有人认为这个名字是伪造的,或者是一种病毒传销。(chinadaily)



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