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Google Says My Baby Name Is a Soap Opera Stripper!

My husband and I picked the name "Rose" for our baby girl due in a few months. We have a very common last name, and when I Googled our daughter's first and last name together the top results and all of the images turned up as a soap-opera character (who happens to be a stripper) in the UK. We live in the Southern United States and had never heard of this apparently popular show. How important is Google in the naming of a child? Should we stick with the name we love or keep looking?

-- Brooke

In this globally networked age, it's irresistible to start Googling your kids before they’re even born. After all, our digital lives are becoming ever more real -- the stuff of friendships, romances and careers. And with brands and bloggers fretting over search engine optimization, a look at the query results for your future daughter’s name makes perfect sense.

However, you’ve stumbled onto an emotional pitfall of Google-checking names: inflating the significance of the results. Given that you have a common last name, any traditional given name will yield plenty of search results. What's more, any stylish female name will yield results skewed toward scantily clad young ladies -- especially when you search for images. That's just the web's nature, due to human nature.

The image search result you got, then, is not surprising. But is it important? Probably less so than you think. While the producers of this soap might be bombing the UK presses with photos and stories about the character, they’re not promoting (or even airing) their show here in America, where you live. You had never heard of the character, and chances are your family and friends haven't either. Your daughter’s name doppelganger will only be an issue as a web search result.

Remember, life moves fast online. By the time your daughter is old enough to Google her name (or old enough to have classmates who’ll do the same), the other Rose could well be long gone, replaced by the latest ingénue. Or maybe, in true soap opera fashion, she’ll have made the leap from stripper to astrophysicist or real estate mogul by next year.


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April 16, 2012 9:50 AM
By ClaireP (not verified)

My daughter's name is Rose. She's now 19. "Rose" is old fashioned but a classic. It's familiar across cultures and pronounceable by nearly everyone. While it is indeed familiar, it's not common - your Rose is likely to be the only one in her class, and probably the whole school. But it's not a weird name. It's decidedly feminine - no one will think she's a boy - without being frilly. It's a floral name that, unlike say Violet, conveys strength (even a little prickliness!) as well as beauty.

Who watches UK soap operas? Do you? Will your daughter's peers? I think you should not worry about this one. Rose is a great name, and you should go with it.

April 16, 2012 11:03 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I'm English and completely oblivious as to which soap it is :)

April 16, 2012 11:23 AM
By Sabrina (not verified)

The Internet moves quickly. We did the Google search with our first born, mainly to check for serial killers with the same name. We found a gay porn star. Needless to say we didn't use the name. When our second son was born I Googled the previous name again. I couldn't find the aforementioned porn star. I could have easily used the name for our first and he or any of his peers would probably never heard of the porn.
Since it's a fictional character in another country I wouldn't worry too much. Rose is pretty & classic.

April 16, 2012 11:51 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Is your last name Tyler, by any chance? Rose Tyler was a character played on Doctor Who by actress Billie Piper who later went on to start in Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

April 16, 2012 11:57 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Rose Tyler (the Dr. Who character) is a totally admirable character, though, tough and brave and resourceful -- and the nerds who might recognize the name will not fault your daughter any for having it.

April 16, 2012 1:20 PM
By Another Anonymous (not verified)

To the first anonymous poster, I'd be surprised if the last name is Tyler. Just Googled it & all I got were results for Billie Piper, Doctor Who & Rose Tyler, nothing from Secret Diary of a Call Girl came up (on the 1st page of results anyway). However, I will 2nd the praise posted about the character-if my last name were Tyler, I'd be tempted to name a daughter Rose just for the connection. Yes, I am that much of a geek. (and FWIW, I'm in the U.S.) If the last name in question is Tyler then I urge Brooke to go ahead & use it. Trust me, most people in the U.S. won't have any idea who the character is & those of us who do will find it a positive connection.

April 16, 2012 5:34 PM
By mk (not verified)

No on in the US is going to care, and that show may very well be gone in a few years. Rose is not a unique name that can be tied to one person, so foucs on all the other Roses out there.

Googling potential names seems kind of silly and just adds unneeded stress.

April 17, 2012 11:52 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Yep, totally agree with the others. No one will be the wiser. Go with the name you love!

And funny to find another Dr. Who fan base here. I still miss Rose Tyler (and her doctor!). Eagerly awaiting the next season...

April 17, 2012 12:30 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Agreed on all points, ClaireP!

April 17, 2012 1:49 PM
By C. Andrews (not verified)

Googling my nephew's name brings up a gay porn star. I doubt he's ever given it much thought. I think that unless the name is a really ingrained and pervasive part of popular culture (like if your last name is Bond, don't name your son James), you'll be fine.

April 17, 2012 3:46 PM
By shadelit (not verified)

My first thought was Rose Tyler from Doctor Who, also. That character actually breathed more vibrant life into the name, for me. I'm also in the US, and I love that show. The only UK soap I'm at all familiar with is East Enders which is probably the most famous British soap and has been on FOREVER, but I haven't seen an episode in ten years at least and I doubt most Americans are familiar with its' character roster...anyway by the time your girl is old enough to do much Googling or traveling in England, whatever character is using that name is likely to be either long vanished from the spotlight and public consciousness, or have completely evolved into something else as the Name Lady suggested.

There are media spectacles that would make me turn away from a baby name, but the name of a soap character in another country isn't one of them.

FWIW, there are a gazillion actual porn stars and strippers out there and every one of them has a name, many of them probably share a first or last name with somebody you know, and I doubt it's ever even crossed your mind before.

April 18, 2012 12:12 AM
By Bettie (not verified)

Rose is a lovely and common enough name.(but not too common!)
If your last name is also common chances are people will care less than you think, especiallly if you don't know about the show,
I am from Britain and yes the show is fairly popular but it is not shown in your area of the US.

April 18, 2012 1:16 PM
By Brooke (not verified)

Thanks for the input everyone. I am glad to hear that it isn't as big of a deal as I was afraid it was. The show is called Coronation Street, so it is not Rose Tyler,who I have also never heard of. I guess I don't get out much!

April 18, 2012 2:00 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Don't worry. I've watched Corrie on and off for years. Rose is a lovely name and you should use it if you like it. Not enough people use Rose as a first name. It's a pity.

As a viewer, I'll tell you why you can use it without ANY fear whatsoever.

Coronation Street plotlines move VERY quickly. This is not like American soaps where plots can play out over years and even decades. Where simple conversations can take a whole week to unfold. Because of the faster pace, it is common to have cast members come and go quickly.

Since I watch off and on, I am used to having NO IDEA who half the characters are at any given time. And wondering where 'so and so' went.

In a ten years, it's likely this character will be LONG LONG LONG gone. No one will remember she was a stripper in 2012.

On American soap operas it is also common for characters to remain and be played by new actors. That is NOT common on Coronation Street. It happens. But mostly with children.

Except for a few older long time characters, the cast changes VERY often.

Also, characters shift in tone too. One character has gone from owning her own business to being a prosititute to being married all within five years. Who knows what Rose will be doing on the show in a few years if she's still on?

Honestly, I would NOT worry. Even near Manchester in England (where the show is set and very popular), I would not hesistate to use it.

April 19, 2012 11:21 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

My first name peaked in popularity in the 20's, so not that common now. My last name is likewise not all that common. If you do a google search of my first and last name you get a nude model from the 60's. I've never been affected by this. If anyone was to ask about it, no one ever has, I would tell them I have my mother's middle name and she was named in the 50's after one of my grandmother's favorite actresses.

April 20, 2012 12:45 PM
By Angela Dawn (not verified)

Baby Google Name rankings is one of those things I think expectant parents place too much weight on when picking a name.

Especially when you consider that in a few decades who knows if search will be the preferred way to find something online. Maybe in the future we will be scanning photos, fingerprints, irises, LOL! Or maybe not. We're all still waiting for those flying cars!

Nevertheless, I wouldn't worry about the Google search results.

April 24, 2012 1:26 PM
By ValenzMom (not verified)

Go with the name you want. When we named our son Marco, a woman I worked with said, "Did you name him after Marco Dane?" (a disreputable soap opera character). I told her "of course not, who would do that?" No one has ever asked me that again.

April 24, 2012 3:37 PM
By keren (not verified)

If it's the character in Coronation Street that I think it is then she's always known as Rosie, not Rose, she's a topless model and she will definitely have moved on to another story line by the time your daughter might discover google.
The middle name we wanted for my daughter combined with our surname to make a celebrity name. We chose a different name, although we didn't know if this model would be remembered for more than a year. Fifteen years on, she's still world famous!

April 25, 2012 1:57 AM
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April 25, 2012 2:41 AM
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April 25, 2012 5:56 AM
By LatishaSchulz (not verified)

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May 1, 2012 12:35 PM
By jamie (not verified)

I know someone who named their daughter the same first and middle name of an adult film star. If you google her name some very racy images turn up but her parents loved the name and didn't care.

May 2, 2012 4:48 AM
By Karina Sams (not verified)

I Googled the previous name again. I couldn't find the aforementioned porn star. I could have easily used the name for our first and he or any of his peers would probably never heard of the porn.

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May 29, 2012 12:25 PM
By Julie (not verified)

The important thing is not whether there's ever been a fictional bimbo with that full name, but whether she's major enough that a lot of people will think she was the namesake, and whether the first name itself carries a bimbo vibe. For example, Julia Roberts played Vivian Ward in "Pretty Woman." Vivian is not a name that in itself makes most people think of a hooker, but the movie was so hugely popular that for the first few years after its release parents named Ward would have been better off avoiding it. Had her character been named Destiny, or even something more trendy and with less tradition behind it like Madison or Kaylee, I'd call it a permanent avoid for parents named Ward. In your case, neither applies. Few in the US have ever heard of this character- I'm something of an Anglophile and I never had- and the name Rose is an old, old traditional classic with countless dignified literary and historical associations to counteract one bimbo. Don't worry!

June 6, 2012 5:28 AM
By Angel (not verified)

I agree with ClaireP, "Rose is old fashioned but a classic."
Though Google has a big impact with our technology lives, we shouldn't just base our judgment on its searches. The name won't matter much but how you raise your "Rose" beautifully.
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pervasive part of popular culture (like if your last name is Bond, don't name your son James), you'll be fine.

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