Egyptian Father Names Daughter 'Facebook'... Yeah, For Real

Ty Dunitz February 21 Facebook

Talk about gratitude.

According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, a twentysomething father has named his newborn daughter ‘Facebook’ to pay homage to the role Facebook (like, real Facebook) played in the recent Egyptian revolution.  No, really. This is a thing.

According to TechCrunch, the translation is as follows:

A young man in his twenties wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25th of January have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl “Facebook” Jamal Ibrahim (his name.) The girl’s family, friends, and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook. “Facebook” received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name. A name [Facebook] that shocked the entire world.

And to think, five-ish years ago, every boy was named Caleb, and we thought that was strange. Not that naming one’s offspring ‘Facebook’ is that strange, considering the circumstances. Egypt has five million Facebook users, a figure much higher than anywhere else in the Middle East – and even then, according to the social network, there has been a large spike in the last month, following the revolution. Needless to say, ‘Facebook’ may well soon be to Egypt what ‘Jennifer’ or ‘Amanda’ is to America.

And who knows? Maybe this will set off a naming trend enveloping other influential tech companies, too. ‘How are the kids? Oh, Apple’s fine, he just turned five. Hewlett and Packard are still fighting, I just don’t know what to do with them! What’s that? Skype? She’s off to college. She’s going to become a doctor, you know.’

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.
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#1
Jay
February 21st, 2011 at 11:14 am

This can lead to some awkwardness when Facebook joins Facebook and tries to add friends.

“Facebook wants to be your friend on Facebook.”

 
 
#2
Elliott
February 21st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

and Microsoft….. well… none of the other kids will play games with him as he makes up the rules as he goes on.

:-)

 
 
#3
TeluguCinema
March 30th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

great! this reminds me of Titanic times :)

 
 
#4
Anonymous
August 19th, 2011 at 5:28 am

Babies are wonders on earth to show to mankind how lovely life can be! It is a dream come true experience to have babies and with them come the toys, happiness and confidence of future that is worth living. Parents are the backbones of their children. Great care is taken even about the minuscule details to keep the child comfortable and happy.

 

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