Ikea Creates List Of Baby Names Based On Their Furniture

Daniel Mitchell-Benoit
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Many of us hold an affinity for Ikea in our hearts. Not only are their stores notoriously fun to visit (though maybe not when you're trying to save some money), but they have tons of chic, affordable furniture that people can rely on.

So, why don't you name your child after them? It sounds like a big jump, but that's what Ikea Norway is hoping people will do, as they posted a 'name bank' filled with unique name inspiration based on their furniture collections!

Ikea Norway has introduced a new feature to their site.

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The franchise noticed that there's been quite the baby boom in the country since the beginning of COVID, and wanted to help people come up with unique names for their kids, so they added a 'name bank' filled with over 800 names!

You might be able to guess where these names came from.

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That's right, Ikea's own furniture lines! Now you can knowingly and willfully name your child after a style of dresser or lamp by granting them the name Malm or Tomelilla.

Of course, the furniture names have their own origins.

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The products they offer get their names from Swedish lakes, towns, and other geographical features. However, they do sometimes use traditional human Swedish names as well.

This means you might be naming your baby after a Swedish river or the furniture namer's neighbor, just via Ikea's catalog.

Ikea Norway is absolutely stoked about their idea.

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"After all these years, [Ikea] has built up a large ‘catalog’ to pick from," they said in a statement. They noticed that there was "both a shortage of raw materials and challenges with delivery times" during the pandemic, but "there is at least no shortage of children."

What do you think? Would you give your child an Ikea name? Let us know in the comments!

h/t: AP News