Do you love Negronis? No, like, really love Negronis? Do you love them so much that you would name your firstborn child after the stiff gin drink? Move over Apple, Dweezil and Moxie CrimeFighter (the actual name of magician Penn Jillette’s child) because parents are actually naming their children after their favorite drinks.
A recent piece published in the New York Post discusses the stress modern day parents are under to come up with unique baby names in the age of Google and social media. These days, the piece argues, “people are more likely to get to know others by a handle rather than a face-to-face encounter.” So it’s more important than ever for parents to come up with names that will stand out in a crowd—or a news feed. While some of the parents interviewed in the piece looked to family history or street signs for inspiration, our heroes looked to the bar. “We’re not baby-name people, so we just began throwing names around. Gibson came to mind immediately,” Jodi, the mother, told the paper. Gibson, as in a Martini garnished with a pickled cocktail onion.
Jodi and her husband aren’t alone. Matthew McConaughey’s brother, Rooster McConaughey, named his son Miller Lyte, after his favorite beer, and his daughter Margarita Olympia. It turns out that Margarita was actually a family name, but Olympia was inspired by a beer brand. So far it’s worked out pretty well for the McConaughey brother. When Miller Lite heard his name choice, they gave him a year’s supply of his son’s namesake brew.
According to Time, in the year 2013, 62 babies were named Hennessy, five were named Rye, six were given the name Shiraz (all boys), and 94 baby girls were named Skyy. It seems like we’re about to enter a golden age of boozilly named grownups. We can’t wait to vote for president Martini and meet our kid’s future fiance, Fuzzy Navel.