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Will Like like her name? Photo: Index Open
Will Like like her name? Photo: Index Open
 
 

Baby named after Facebook's 'Like'

Israeli couple says has habit of giving its children 'unique, creative and totally new' names

Nelly Lalani
Published: 05.18.11, 16:20 / Israel Culture

The Facebook option to "like" has become a cultural phenomenon. It is the button we use to express interest, to quickly give someone the reassurance that their post is relatable, or to show a mere sign of appreciation.

 

Yes, the Facebook "Like" option has become a daily routine for approximately 500 million of us, but a couple in Israel decided to beat everyone to the punch before posting pictures of their new baby girl.

 

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I realize there is a figurative question mark on your face right now, let me explain. The couple named their baby "Like", a pre-emptive prompt for their Facebook friends.

 

However, according to Lior and Vardit Adler from northeast of Tel Aviv, they didn't necessarily name her after the popular behavioral pattern on everyone's favorite social media website.

 

The father tells the German Press Agency DPA on Monday that "to me it is important to give my children names that are not used anywhere else, at least not in Israel."

 

"It's short and sweet," Vardit Adler, Like's mother, told Reuters on Tuesday. "It's very important to me and to my husband that the names we give our children are unique, creative and totally new," she said.

 

Six-day-old Like has two older sisters, 10-year-old Dvash, Hebrew for honey, and five-year-old Pie, "as in apple pie," Adler said.

 

"I'm not worried about other children teasing Like. Dvash and Pie don't seem to mind their special names and nobody teases them," Adler said.

 

Modern version of Ahuva?

In carefully selecting the name Like, they explain that the meaning is iconic to modern day culture.

 

Throughout history there have been various types of icons like Biblical names, Facebook has become iconic in our era, and the "Like" button is a famous worldly icon.

 

Like's father, Lior, even expresses jokingly that the name could be seen as a modern version of the Jewish name Ahuva, which means "beloved".

 

Could this be a sign of a major cultural shift in our world?

 

Like's story inspires many questions about new age icons of our era. Lior compares the iconicism of Biblical names to Facebook functions, and from the sounds of it, Facebook continues to live up to its Godhead reputation because little baby Like has become a symbol of her own.

 

It's important to remember that the Adlers chose this name because they wanted to be different rather than choosing an original Jewish name like their parents hoped.

 

Given the fast paced advancement of new culture rooted in the form of social media, how original will Like's name be when she's old enough to understand where it came from?

 

Lior expressed to the German press agency that he hoped Like would "like" her name too.

 

It is evident he has a keen sense of humor when he jokes, "By the way I asked her, but she wouldn't answer."

 

Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life

 

Reuters contributed to this report

 

 

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