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Here's a semi-serious idea that actually could happen, depending ..

Two of my oldest friends are 5ish weeks away from having their first baby, and they're nowhere near a sense of what to name the lil pup. They're both designery and bookish, and quite like type. In fact, she's sitting across from me and just exclaimed "Pica! We'll name it Pica! Or .. Franklin!"

So, if you had to choose a type-inspired name for a baby, boy or girl, what would it be?

All the reasonable guidelines apply, for example nothing unpronounceable or humiliating. Like, not 'Slug'. :)

thanks!

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Pica is no good..it is also "a medical disorder characterized by an appetite for largely non-nutritive substances (e.g., coal, soil, feces, chalk, paper, etc.)" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pica_(disorder)

how about:
Chase
Em
Bezier
Aldus
Hrant
Ula (EULA)
Ogonek
Pi

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pica would be cute as a nickname, but can you imagine getting to grade 1 and finding out the meaning of your name:

pica, 1/6 of a inch, an archaic form of measure.

wow, great.

if I could name a little bundle of joy after type-related things I'd consider:

Cooper
Eric(a) (as in Gill, as in Gill sans and Eras)

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And pika the homonym is a little rodent!
I like Em and Ogonek. :)

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Lest we forget the obvious . . . Mark . . .

And personally we were very seriously considering the middle name Pilcrow for one of our own . . .

Didn't make the cut . . .

:D

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If 'Slug' is out, then so is 'Creep'? (Daddy: "Where is my little Creep? There is my little Creep!")

How about Cicero or August?

One of the leader linguists from France is Pierre Pica -- as a last name, that calls for a "Cicero Pica". Can't think of anything with the metrics system. "Millipica" ... sounds like a kind of bug -- the insect type.

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Bonefolder.

Edit: Sorry, that's a bad answer, but I couldn't resist. I'll put some better choices here as I come up with them.

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Cicero and Agate!

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'Bonefolder' has considerable humiliative qualities!

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Chancery?

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Dingbat, when naughty

:)

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Dot

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Serif

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River
Ascender
Kern > Kerner > Kerny
Typo
Case

j a m e s

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Kerny! :)

Lubalin
Willow
Velvet
Kepler

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I would just call him Font and for a nickname fontfont.

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Our second son is named Dash.

-=®=-

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Kernelius

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Verdona
Sansie
Python
Helveta
Zapffy
Hyphen

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I always though Galliard would be a nice boys name.

Cheers, Si

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Adrian
Renner
Fedra
Jenson
Oz
Lino
Mistral
Caslon

dr

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My favorite so far is Kernelius! How about Shifty Kernelius?

Tilde
Glyph
Iota
Breve
Eta
Ellipsis (Ellie or Ella)
Ampersand (a fine middle name, no?)
Akkadian
Nineveh
Trema
Umlaut

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Typo

for parents who wish they weren't going to be parents

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Well, there is this story that Gerard Unger's Flora was named after his daughter, as it had been suggested by Hell, the company who initially published it.

What's almost unbelievable is that a few years later he met someone who told him they had named their daughter Flora, like his font, after looking for inspiration in a type specimen book!

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Kennerley or Kennerly. Please, no Pica :-) If a boy, Cícero. Congratulations for the parents.

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Lydia[n]
Arial
Palatino/a
Finial (Finn)

In a few days we'll be naming our first daughter Johanna. Sadly, not a) after the font Joanna, b) after Gutenberg, c) after Johanna Bilak. Though I might tell her a combination of those things when she's older.

Her middle name will be Margaret, and a few people have pointed out we could very well nickname her JPEG.

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I teased Tiffany that she should name her kid EULA - it comes from Faulkner as well.

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Tympan, Tympani
Brayer
Verso
Gute

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If twin boys - Cooper and Bookman. They could be a crime-fighting team when they grow up.

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Love these:

Finial
Nineveh
Sansie

Russell has a son named Dash! I'm impressed!

To my ears: Cooper = Pooper Scooper. :)

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Pronounce the double 'o' in Cooper like the double 'o' in foot. Cooper.

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Clever

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Platen

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Caron
Macron (Mac for short)
Trajan
Hint
Sans
Oblique

The last reminds me of the movie Runaway Bride (which, um, my girlfriend likes) where Richard Gere's journalist had a cat named Italics! :)

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Oh, I think that Paica, or Pyca, is a substitute to Pica.

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oh thats the best. hee! :)

imagine yourself in the lane, banging on a tin of tuna with a fork, calling 'Italics! Itaaaaalics!'

and whose cat is named Bembo? Jim Rimmer?

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Sluggo from the old Katzenjamer kids cartoon.

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Majiscule has a very royal sound to it

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the father-to-be has just suggested Lucida, Lucy for short

brilliant!

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or akzidenz?

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>the father-to-be has just suggested Lucida, Lucy for short

Lets hope the baby isn't too tubby - Lucida Grande - not so good. ;-)

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Trajan kind of works because you could call him Trey for short.

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"or akzidenz?"

Middle name would be Grotesk?

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sweetie, you *were* planned, we just *liked* 'akzidenz'!

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Caron > The Caron Carpenter Story

j a m e s

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Kis
Goodchild
Serif
Freight

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Great post!

If it weren't for my level-headed wife, our three daughters would be named: Serif, Zuzana and… Orphan (she doesn't like me very much).

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Auntie Em.... Auntie Em .....

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You could tell us the surname so we could fit them better together (kerning-wise too).
I'll try going through Bringhurst's glossary of characters (some serious, some joking):

Cedilla (for a girl, perhaps)?
If the baby was redhead you could call him/her Dumb Caret (not sure it's “^” or another one I'm missing)!
Or maybe Dumbquotes! :P
Dyet (“Đ”)? :P Dyet Coke!
Ethel (“œ”)!
Hedera (ivy leaf fleuron)!
Háček (caron, inverted circumflex like over the lc C) or Kroužek (ring), a nice pan-european feel to it…
Solidus (fraction bar)?
Well, not Sputnik…
Nor Swung Dash!

(Going through to the glossary of terms)
Well, not Bastarda!
Bitmap? :P The other day I was suggesting Pixel for a friend's cat.
Well, certainly not Lettrine! xD
Quaint is kind of nice and original…

Well, then you've got names of designers and their typefaces… if they have any preferences, they could try and go with those. I really like Columbus, for example, designed by Patricia and David Saunders and Robin Nicholas. But I guess calling a kid Columbus would be a little too “cumbersome”.

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"Tympani " I love it!

Emma, Enna, Delta, Small Fry,
Colon, Branch, Gee-Gee, Sweet Pie.

Cheers!