Massive rise in number of babies being named 'Corona' since outbreak of Covid-19
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Massive rise in number of babies being named 'Corona' since outbreak of Covid-19

REALLY?

Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic the name 'Corona' for a baby girl has experienced a massive surge in popularity.

A spike in numbers. Or a wave of cases, if you will.

According to leading maternity and pregnancy magazine The Bump, Corona is now one of the most searched for baby names in the US, and has popped up in the top 100 most popular baby names of the year.

Don't get me wrong, out of context, Corona is quite a pretty name, after all, it means 'crown' in Spanish.

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And it originates from the Latin word for crown, which itself refers to a circle of light or something luminous - like the glow of the sun or the moon for example. Lovely.

But, despite all the nominal niceties, would you really want to associate your newborn child with a deadly virus that has killed over 600,000 people worldwide in a matter of months?

I don't remember the same clamour to call babies 'Swine' during the H1N1 crisis! ... Though that one might be a little more understandable.