If you’re in the process of picking a name for your next child, you may want to skip Alexa. That’s the route many new parents are going thanks to constant confusion from Amazon’s home AI machine Alexa. The Echo speaker has been responsible for a drop of more than 30 per cent in popularity of the name, which little Alexas can view as a pro or con, depending on whether they like being the only Alexa in their kindergarten class.
The Echo speaker is activated by users announcing the name Alexa, with users saying the name every time they want the speaker to answer a question, perform a task, or shut off. It’s easy to see how addressing your child named Alexa could cause some confusion when parents must ask their human Alexa to set the table, do their homework, or pick up their clothes. This could get especially frustrating when the same request starts hitting the double digits in the same day. At least robot Alexa answers with more than just an “Ugh.”
The Alexa personal assistant launched in 2015, the same year 6,050 babies, or 311 for every 100,000 baby girls born were named Alexa. Thanks to the popularity of the Echo speaker, which as of November 2017 has sold 20 million units, the name Alexa is now down 33 per cent in the US, with just 3,883 babies named Alexa in the United States in 2017. The name went on the decline as soon as the Echo speaker was launched, with the occurrence of Alexa babies down 21.3 per cent in 2016 and another 19.5 per cent in 2017.
While Alexa has been a popular name for years, long before Amazon launched their Echo speaker, Apple’s personal assistant Siri has never caught on as a trend in baby names, with only 20 babies given the name Siri in the US in 2017.
Another name that has been on the decline in recent years is Donald, with the POTUS responsible for a negative 4.3 per cent drop in 2017. Keeping in line with politics, Malia, inspired by Malia Obama, went up 15.4 per cent in 2017.
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