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  • 01.09.17

The 30 Hottest Baby Names Of 2100

The 30 Hottest Baby Names Of 2100

All children are special snowflakes, so shouldn’t they have names that are just as unique? Welp, there’s a neural network for that.

Built by Nate Parrott, a developer and designer who’s a student at Brown University, this algorithm can generate new names and combine existing names to create unfamiliar combinations that sound like something out of a William Gibson novel.

See the full series of graphics here. [Image: Nate Parrott via Medium]

Using 7,500 popular American baby names, Parrott trained a neural network to convert each name into numbers–a tactic often used in machine learning. By analyzing the similar features of names, it could tell which words were “name-like” and which weren’t: the algorithm could tell that “winter” and “July” are more like names than “automobile.” Over time, the network was able to organically combine common elements of names or name-like words to create new names.

See the full series of graphics here. [Image: Nate Parrott via Medium]

Today, there’s a cottage industry around high-tech baby naming, with “smart” name generators that can conjure names similar to ones you already like, dedicated baby-naming consultants, and even a name generator for hipster parents. Want to make sure your offspring’s name is available as a URL for his future portfolio website? There’s a generator for that too.

So goodbye to the Emmas, Jameses, and Mias of 2017–and hello to Aloora, Halden, and Nitnis. Here’s Parrott’s list of 30 original names:

Pruliaa
Miiirilid
Herree
Chitoi
Deredrd
Aaaort
Nitnis
Aloora
Cerreleaa
Chhzzu
Aradey
Rarear
Jnnn
Mannie
Seeleere
Auntt
Foro
Tstilit
Lorra
Hhrsrrrrrr
Seina
Suttttuuyy
Rusert
P
Sauenta
Ralieh
Siil
Cyoee
Halden
Eddelaa

Some are obviously better than others, but who knows what naming conventions will be like 100 years from now? It’s good to remember that a century and a half ago, silly-sounding names like Neppie, Effa, and Icy weren’t unheard of. Maybe by 2100 it’ll be cool to have “P” as your name.KS