Techie Baby Names: Do they compute?

In a recent issue of PCWorld magazine, JR Raphael wrote an interesting and amusing article highlighting ten tech-inspired baby names.  He was kind enough to give us permission to use some of his examples and add more of our own—names that might provide some extra inspiration to some techie parents out there without sounding as weird as, say, Audio Science.  So no, we’re not suggesting dot.com or Tweet or even Apple.

Conveniently for us, many computer programming languages were given people names, including those in this list of techie baby names with no ID following the name.

GIRLS

Adacomputer programming language, probably named in honor of Ada Lovelace, (born Augusta Ada, daughter of Lord Byron), considered to be the first programmer.

Agnesa computer in the original Twilight Zone TV series

Alice

Claire

Clarisa company producing Apple software

Dell

Doraa starship computer in Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love

GraceRear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was a pioneering computer scientist whose work led to the development of one of the first modern programming languages.

Hope

Jaina

Kaya

Leda

Lilo

Lisathe first personal computer with a graphical interface, 1983, made by Apple, and the name of Steve Jobs’s daughter, born that year

Lotusa software corporation associated with IBM

Lucycomputer in Hackers

Maya

Minervaa starship computer in Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love

Mirah

Miranda

Perl

Pixel

Rosetta

Ruby

Vala

Veronica

 

BOYS

Abel

Ajax

Alefcomputer programming language (wonder if Natalie Portman knows about this)

Alfieshipboard computer in Barbarella

Apollocompany that unveiled the first work station in 1981

Archiename of the first internet search engine

Bertrand

Cecil

Cray—Seymour Cray designed the first  supercomputer

Draco

Darwinan Apple computer operating system

Dylan

Felix

Gabrielan AI computer in James Rollins’s novel Deep Fathom

HALthe computer in the novel and film 2001: A Space Odyssey

Hugo

Jarvis—acronym for Just a Rather Very Intelligent System in Iron Man

Jensen—a brand of computer

Joshuaa subprogram in WarGames

Joss

Leaf

Linus

Lynx

Mac

Macintosh

Oberon

OsborneAdam Osborne made the first true  portable computer in 1981

Pascal—computer language honoring Blaise Pascal who, among other things, invented the first workable automatic calculator

Rex

Sebastian

Zeno

Ziggy—a hybrid computer from Quantum Leap

There are lots more examples of tech-related names in comics, graphic novels and computer and video games, but we’ll leave it at this for now–unless you want to add some more ideas of your own.

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Mary Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 3:30 am

There’s also Zen, a computer from Blake’s 7.

mjeezy13 Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 9:25 am

How about Linux, like the OS?

Jenny Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 10:37 am

If one had a son called Jensen, could his nickname be Zen? ‘Cause that’s kind of cool.

C in DC Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 am

I like EMERAC (aka, Emmy) from Desk Set (1957).

Elizabeth Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Pretty sure Byron’s daughter was Augusta Ada, not Agatha, after Byron’s sister/lover. That’s what we named our dog.

CountryLizB Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 3:35 pm

What about SARAH from Eureka and PAT from Smart House?

Katie Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 6:05 pm

How about Gladys (GlaDOS)?

Tam Says:

July 23rd, 2011 at 9:29 pm

How about Galatea & Helen (sure it’s AI/ fiction – Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers – but you have a few techie fiction references in the mix…)?

Amanda Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 2:24 am

Anyone remember Synergy from Jem and the Holograms 80s cartoon?

Anna Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Jaina is the name of Han Solo’s daughter from the Star Wars saga.

amvancura Says:

February 26th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

My daughter is named Siri. Siri is that new IPhone app that you can talk to. Very techie!

Haids1987 Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 2:41 am

Nameberry! How could you forget Flynn, from TRON?!

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Vickster Says:

February 8th, 2013 at 6:59 am

I named the setting in the book I’m writing Vala and have considered using Ajax as a nickname for a son.

monkichi1 Says:

July 26th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I was surprised Aja didn’t show up on this list!

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