Type-inspired baby names?

Jennifer's picture

Here's a semi-serious idea that actually could happen, depending ..

Two of my oldest friends are 5ish weeks away from having their first baby, and they're nowhere near a sense of what to name the lil pup. They're both designery and bookish, and quite like type. In fact, she's sitting across from me and just exclaimed "Pica! We'll name it Pica! Or .. Franklin!"

So, if you had to choose a type-inspired name for a baby, boy or girl, what would it be?

All the reasonable guidelines apply, for example nothing unpronounceable or humiliating. Like, not 'Slug'. :)

thanks!

kegler's picture

Pica is no good..it is also "a medical disorder characterized by an appetite for largely non-nutritive substances (e.g., coal, soil, feces, chalk, paper, etc.)" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pica_(disorder)

how about:
Chase
Em
Bezier
Aldus
Hrant
Ula (EULA)
Ogonek
Pi

innovati's picture

pica would be cute as a nickname, but can you imagine getting to grade 1 and finding out the meaning of your name:

pica, 1/6 of a inch, an archaic form of measure.

wow, great.

if I could name a little bundle of joy after type-related things I'd consider:

Cooper
Eric(a) (as in Gill, as in Gill sans and Eras)

Jennifer's picture

And pika the homonym is a little rodent!
I like Em and Ogonek. :)

Diner's picture

Lest we forget the obvious . . . Mark . . .

And personally we were very seriously considering the middle name Pilcrow for one of our own . . .

Didn't make the cut . . .

:D

Theunis de Jong's picture

If 'Slug' is out, then so is 'Creep'? (Daddy: "Where is my little Creep? There is my little Creep!")

How about Cicero or August?

One of the leader linguists from France is Pierre Pica -- as a last name, that calls for a "Cicero Pica". Can't think of anything with the metrics system. "Millipica" ... sounds like a kind of bug -- the insect type.

Jonathan Clede's picture

Bonefolder.

Edit: Sorry, that's a bad answer, but I couldn't resist. I'll put some better choices here as I come up with them.

Jennifer's picture

Cicero and Agate!

Jennifer's picture

'Bonefolder' has considerable humiliative qualities!

eliason's picture

Chancery?

Jennifer's picture

Dingbat, when naughty

:)

Jennifer's picture

Serif

James Arboghast's picture

River
Ascender
Kern > Kerner > Kerny
Typo
Case

j a m e s

Jennifer's picture

Kerny! :)

Lubalin
Willow
Velvet
Kepler

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I would just call him Font and for a nickname fontfont.

russellm's picture

Our second son is named Dash.

-=®=-

FeeltheKern's picture

Kernelius

satya's picture

Verdona
Sansie
Python
Helveta
Zapffy
Hyphen

Si_Daniels's picture

I always though Galliard would be a nice boys name.

Cheers, Si

David Rault's picture

Adrian
Renner
Fedra
Jenson
Oz
Lino
Mistral
Caslon

dr

EileenB's picture

My favorite so far is Kernelius! How about Shifty Kernelius?

Tilde
Glyph
Iota
Breve
Eta
Ellipsis (Ellie or Ella)
Ampersand (a fine middle name, no?)
Akkadian
Nineveh
Trema
Umlaut

FeeltheKern's picture

Typo

for parents who wish they weren't going to be parents

Tim Ahrens's picture

Well, there is this story that Gerard Unger's Flora was named after his daughter, as it had been suggested by Hell, the company who initially published it.

What's almost unbelievable is that a few years later he met someone who told him they had named their daughter Flora, like his font, after looking for inspiration in a type specimen book!

AGL's picture

Kennerley or Kennerly. Please, no Pica :-) If a boy, Cícero. Congratulations for the parents.

Ehague's picture

Lydia[n]
Arial
Palatino/a
Finial (Finn)

In a few days we'll be naming our first daughter Johanna. Sadly, not a) after the font Joanna, b) after Gutenberg, c) after Johanna Bilak. Though I might tell her a combination of those things when she's older.

Her middle name will be Margaret, and a few people have pointed out we could very well nickname her JPEG.

pattyfab's picture

I teased Tiffany that she should name her kid EULA - it comes from Faulkner as well.

David Sudweeks's picture

Tympan, Tympani
Brayer
Verso
Gute

tonepoems's picture

If twin boys - Cooper and Bookman. They could be a crime-fighting team when they grow up.

Jennifer's picture

Love these:

Finial
Nineveh
Sansie

Russell has a son named Dash! I'm impressed!

To my ears: Cooper = Pooper Scooper. :)

David Sudweeks's picture

Pronounce the double 'o' in Cooper like the double 'o' in foot. Cooper.

Jennifer's picture

Clever

jupiterboy's picture

Platen

Mans's picture

Caron
Macron (Mac for short)
Trajan
Hint
Sans
Oblique

The last reminds me of the movie Runaway Bride (which, um, my girlfriend likes) where Richard Gere's journalist had a cat named Italics! :)

AGL's picture

Oh, I think that Paica, or Pyca, is a substitute to Pica.

Jennifer's picture

oh thats the best. hee! :)

imagine yourself in the lane, banging on a tin of tuna with a fork, calling 'Italics! Itaaaaalics!'

and whose cat is named Bembo? Jim Rimmer?

dezcom's picture

Sluggo from the old Katzenjamer kids cartoon.

ChrisL

FeeltheKern's picture

Majiscule has a very royal sound to it

Jennifer's picture

the father-to-be has just suggested Lucida, Lucy for short

brilliant!

Wiewauters's picture

or akzidenz?

Si_Daniels's picture

>the father-to-be has just suggested Lucida, Lucy for short

Lets hope the baby isn't too tubby - Lucida Grande - not so good. ;-)

DrDoc's picture

Trajan kind of works because you could call him Trey for short.

FeeltheKern's picture

"or akzidenz?"

Middle name would be Grotesk?

Jennifer's picture

sweetie, you *were* planned, we just *liked* 'akzidenz'!

James Arboghast's picture

Caron > The Caron Carpenter Story

j a m e s

Renaissance Man's picture

Kis
Goodchild
Serif
Freight

Ciotóg's picture

Great post!

If it weren't for my level-headed wife, our three daughters would be named: Serif, Zuzana and… Orphan (she doesn't like me very much).

Jackie Frant's picture

Auntie Em.... Auntie Em .....

rubenDmarkes's picture

You could tell us the surname so we could fit them better together (kerning-wise too).
I'll try going through Bringhurst's glossary of characters (some serious, some joking):

Cedilla (for a girl, perhaps)?
If the baby was redhead you could call him/her Dumb Caret (not sure it's “^” or another one I'm missing)!
Or maybe Dumbquotes! :P
Dyet (“Đ”)? :P Dyet Coke!
Ethel (“œ”)!
Hedera (ivy leaf fleuron)!
Háček (caron, inverted circumflex like over the lc C) or Kroužek (ring), a nice pan-european feel to it…
Solidus (fraction bar)?
Well, not Sputnik…
Nor Swung Dash!

(Going through to the glossary of terms)
Well, not Bastarda!
Bitmap? :P The other day I was suggesting Pixel for a friend's cat.
Well, certainly not Lettrine! xD
Quaint is kind of nice and original…

Well, then you've got names of designers and their typefaces… if they have any preferences, they could try and go with those. I really like Columbus, for example, designed by Patricia and David Saunders and Robin Nicholas. But I guess calling a kid Columbus would be a little too “cumbersome”.

Rob O. Font's picture

"Tympani " I love it!

Emma, Enna, Delta, Small Fry,
Colon, Branch, Gee-Gee, Sweet Pie.

Cheers!

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