Do you like Like?

Ah, that’s such a cute baby picture you’ve posted on Facebook. I’ll go ahead and “like” it. So, what’s her name? “Like.” Yes, I liked her on Facebook. But what are you calling her? “Like.” If it sounds like an …

Ah, that’s such a cute baby picture you’ve posted on Facebook. I’ll go ahead and “like” it. So, what’s her name? “Like.” Yes, I liked her on Facebook. But what are you calling her? “Like.”

If it sounds like an Abbott and Costello routine, that would only be half the fun – or weirdness, take your pick – in an Israeli couple’s decision to name their new daughter “Like.” The couple – Lior and Vardit Adler of Hod HaSharon initially downplayed the Facebook connection in an interview with Haaretz. “Like” simply has a nice, international ring to it, the father said.

He elaborated further: “To me it is important to give my children names that are not used anywhere else, at least not in Israel.” He then added, with a grudging nod to Facebook: “If once people gave Biblical names and that was the icon, then today this [Facebook] is one of the most famous icons in the world.”

I imagine his parents would have preferred their granddaughter to have received a traditional Jewish name like “Ahuva,” which essentially means “like” in Hebrew.

But that wouldn’t be in keeping with the names of the other children in this media savvy family: Dvash (“honey” in Hebrew) and Pie – as in the old Beatles song?

I wonder if Honey Pie will like Like or if Like will like Ike, and… oh you get the idea…

About Brian Blum

Brian has been a journalist and high-tech entrepreneur for over 20 years. He combines this expertise for ISRAEL21c and Israelity as he writes about hot new local startups, pharmaceutical advances, scientific discoveries, culture, the arts and daily life in Israel. He loves hiking the country with his family (and blogging about it). Originally from California, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.
  • http://isreview1.blogspot.com Daniela@Isreview

    Now I know why there are some countries that you have to get approval for the name you give your child.

  • Steven Greenberg

    I sometimes see a button I can click on called LOGON .. is that also a good name?