We’re living in the age of the tech tot. Parents today are raising a generation of digital natives who don’t know a world before touch screens, Snapchat, Kik, and FaceTime. Even their vocabulary has been whittled down to text speak, emoji, and hashtags, and thanks to advances in VR technology, their future is looking more virtual than real. So it makes sense that baby names will also reflect this electronic existence. With that in mind, we made some of our own techie moniker predictions, and they’re actually super cute. Behold the 13 techie baby names we can't get enough of. You’re welcome.
Most Gen Y’ers reading this—and perhaps a few millennials, too—will remember the days of pixelated gaming. Nintendo, Atari, and Sega will always have a special place in our hearts, but honestly, we couldn’t wait for the technology to upgrade our old-school games with more lifelike features. Now they’re incredibly real complete with virtual headsets; it’s so cool. But here’s the thing: While we’re rejoicing, the next generation is going crazy for the bitmap, low-res variety—we're pretty sure you’ve all heard of a little game called Minecraft that takes pixelated to the next level. Can’t you just envision a little baby Pixel in the future? So sweet.
We use it every day without even thinking. The humble mouse has become an extension of our arms as we click fervently from one email to the next. But the Meta 2 augmented reality headset will see this staple computer equipment put out to pasture. Hello, holograms. We think mouse will be a sentimental baby name choice for future generations. They’ll look back on this with fond memories, in the same way, we do with cassette tapes and VCRs.
Coding is the career of the future. Turns out being a computer geek is chic and incredibly lucrative—there are a ton of schools that now offer courses. So we can imagine a new breed of babes being named after this cool computer language. According to TechTerms, “tags indicate what should be displayed on the screen when the page loads,” so if you want something to show up in bold on a web page, you use the bold tag. We think this is the perfect name for a baby; what kid doesn’t love to play tag?
Computers are literally the lifeblood of our modern existence. In fact, many jobs wouldn’t exist without them. Because of that, the top brands for our favorite devices have become part of our daily dialogue. Acer is world-renowned, so not only will you be naming your child after a successful company, but it sounds ace too, right?
Type “apple” into Google and you won’t see the fruit variety in the number one slot. Steve Jobs made sure of that. The innovative technology company ranks number one on the Forbes list of the world’s most valuable brands. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin kicked off the trend when they gave their daughter the sweet moniker, and we predict the movement will continue.
You can find it in every device from your phone to your laptop, even your car, but now chip has a new meaning, thanks to a new computer by the same name. CHIP is a $9 computer complete with 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, and built-in Wi-Fi. Unbelievable, right? That’s the future. Chip is cool.
If you’re an Android fan who’s not interested in dishing up a ton of money for technology with pretty accessories, then Dell is your computer workhorse. This smart brand provides personal devices, electronics, and accessories for the home, work, and beyond. It’s loved by many, just as your bouncing Dell baby will be!
Apple’s intelligent personal assistant is the beginning of our newfound reliance on robots and AI. Some of us have become very attached to Siri, and rightly so. She (or he, depending on your voice of choice) is our everyday P.A., making our calls, discovering our new favorite restaurants, and telling us how to get around a new city. Have you seen the film Her? If not, prepare to have your mind blown.
If you often reminisce the simpler analog days, then you’ll be a fan of the stylus. These nifty pens are a scribe’s best friend. They can scrawl across most touch surfaces with pixel-perfect precision, so write your baby into the future and choose this cute name. It’s super stylus-h.
We type on them every day at Clique HQ, and we’re obsessed. In fact, we rarely leave the house without our MacBooks. They’re user-friendly, fast, and fashionable. We’re suckers for pretty technology. If we’re this hooked, then we can only imagine millions of others are too. Mac is just way too adorable not to at least be added to the list for your bundle of joy.
Who hasn’t had a Hewlett-Packard over the years? If not a computer, at the very least you’ve probably owned one of the company's printers. The company has infiltrated our workspaces and home offices with its technology and gadgets, and today it's worth billions. We think the Packard part of the name is totally cool; it’s not too techie, either, if you’re looking for a moniker that strikes a happy balance.
Aside from its foodie meaning, cookie also refers to a small piece of data that’s sent from your website and stored in the browser, allowing for simpler, more efficient browsing. And it makes so much sense as a baby name, considering we always want to eat them because they’re so damn cute.
If you’re a total tech geek, then Lynx is where it’s at. This super-smart software technology company provides internet, phone communications, airline flight control systems, and medical devices that touch millions of people around the world. We also love it because of how it sounds and the fact that it can’t be abbreviated to anything else, which is a very important consideration.
This story was originally published on May 19, 2016, and has since been updated.