Thursday, 24 February 2011

Names And Domains



Several of my friends are pregnant right now, leading to any number of somewhat inane conversations where those of us who aren't pregnant suggest more or less (mostly less) serious names to the parents-to-be.

One interesting issue that occurred to me in the middle of all this was that if I were to have a child, I'd want to check before naming him that there was a suitable top-level domain available, preferably the .com, and to register it at the time, ready for them to take over as soon as they're old enough to write HTML. Even my most geeky friends think I'm mad, with this one, but I remember being disappointed with my maiden name that I could only get my .co.uk and not my .com - and a friend who had .org always found that people would accidentally send his email to the wrong place.

Has anyone else ever thought this might be a consideration in naming a child, or is it really just me?!

19 comments:

Jim Murdoch said...

Go on, make the kid's middle name ".com" - I dare you.

LindyLouMac said...

Rachel I really have no idea if you are the only one, maybe this is something your generation will take into consideration! You are certainly the first person I know of who has voiced this though.

5affy said...

Hubby tends to register domains with childs birth starting with his god children and moving on. We tend to go for .org.uk or use the .me for this sort of thing though.

Or if going for international feel just .org. The whole .com thing doesn't matter as much as it did but then we love our non .com s and only get .com to deal with Americans.

I would say there is nearly always a way around the domain registration as well what with hyphens and underscores. Plus we just registered our surname as a domain so we can just give the girls sub-domains with it.

We have also set up Twitter accounts for our 'babies' Jeany is now old enough to want to type her own messages. We are uber geeks though and her and daddy built a computer for her 5th birthday.

I wouldn't alter my childrens' names for a domain name but we do check whats available for them :)

christine said...

that's my girl :)
This didn't apply when you were tiny, of course, the www wasn't around. We did enjoy planning your names, though. ~In fact I'm going to blog about it, right now!!

Elizabeth Braun said...

I was rather *hoping* it was just you, then I saw 5affy's comment above!!!=)LOL!

3 things struck me:
i) who knows if our offspring would want their own website and if they'd even want to use their own name;
ii) who know if, by the time our kids are grown enough, the web will be considered well passé; and
iii) for me, it's co.uk ALL the way. I'd never even consider using .com as a preference. There are enough folk already who think that everyone on-line is American and I'm not keen to contribute to the myth!!!=)

But yup, you are mad. But cute with it, and pretty original - as your post footer rightly says. I thought I was the biggest nut I knew, but then I began to think of other gifted people of my acquaintance and relaxed.=)

Jacqueline said...

Amusing as it is, I think it is just you, well until I read the comments :)

becky said...

Nope!!!

Calum said...

Oh Rachel, you'll force yourself to choose from a very small set of names, most of which are probably quite weird. Is little Miss Melchetterybo-Cotterill really going to appreciate the pay-off?

I think you're as mad as a great big box of frogs!

Louiz said...

Have to tell you, my daughter has her own domain name. Has done so since she was a few days old... does that make us geeks?

Emma said...

That's too funny! I can't say that I took that into account when we choose Chick's name but I too am an Uber Geek so may have to think more carefully if we have any more ;-)

Red-haired hiker said...

It's all culturally relative...

Man names girl Facebook

Ginny said...

Wow!!! Well I must admit that you think of everything!! This is a real practical thing to consider, and how many people would even think of it?

Tabor said...

Actually my daughter just told me she had checked out the domain name of her third (due any day now) and the domain was already taken! So you are not alone.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I think that's just you, but now I'm wondering if juliaresciniti.com is taken? Off to check!

yogurt said...

When I was pregnant I didn't even know what a domain name was! I wish you luck if you follow through with this goal. We found it so hard naming our kids, striving for names (A)that sounded okay with my husband's last name (B) we both liked and (C) neither of us knew someone we absolutely hated with that name. It was quite an undertaking!

Scientific Housewife said...

That is funny, I hadn't considered that at all!

Rachel said...

I'd not worry about .com, I have to say. And it wouldn't occur to me to worry about a real name domain in any case as one can always use a nickname. But as some of the other comments have said - maybe in twenty years' time, the web and domain names will be terribly vieux jeux...

Alice Braga said...

What an entertaining call and response here. While my husband and I didn't consider a URL as we chose our daughter's name, we did register her domain within days of her birth, so she'd have it if she wanted it later on down the line. Hubby, by the way, is a self-proclaimed geek and can take full credit for the prescient move.

Jeanne said...

Does Andrew find it disturbing to realize you married him for his (domain) name?

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