Modern Absurdity//

Thanks, Amazon: ‘Alexa’ Is A Rapidly Falling Baby Name

Because who wants to have their child be confused with a robot?

Image courtesy of Amazon.

Because who wants to have their child be confused with a robot?

Imagine if everybody thought you were just a fancy new device.

Such is the life of Alexas across America. It was the 39th most popular girl’s name in the US in 2006, the Wall Street Journal reports. Coincidentally, human Alexas are less than thrilled about the rollout of Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated personal assistant.

It’s affecting innocent bystanders: “Oh, your name is Alexa, like the Amazon thing?” sneers one Alexa Duncan, a 33-year-old who refuses to buy the Echo, Amazon’s handsfree speaker.

Now it’s shifting how parents name their kids, too. According to a blog post from by Laura Wattenberg at Baby Name Wizard, Alexa was the sixth-fastest falling baby name in 2016. Alexis was the tenth.

Alexa — the personal assistant — was originally released in November 2014. Amazon has sold an estimated 11 million Echos and Dots, the devices that carry the personal assistant, since then. It (she?) will soon be available in Ford cars, too. The more popular Alexa the personal assistant gets, you have to wonder how much Alexa the name is going to fall.

Read more about the fastest-falling baby names here.

Originally published at journal.thriveglobal.com

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.