IKEA has launched a bank of 800 baby names inspired by its famous flatpack furniture.
Published on the IKEA Norway website, the A-Z 'Name Directory' takes inspiration from popular products sold over the years. From a wooden table (Fredrik), to a vintage light from 1952 (Aladin) and a chest of drawers (Nelson), there are names for everyone to choose from.
If you're unsure about calling your child Kallax or Malm, then you'll be pleased to know that the included suggestions are pretty normal — including Albert, Amanda, Betsy, Benjamin, Doris, Dennis, David and Fred. Parents-to-be will also find an image situated alongside each baby name, showing which product it has been named after.
'Finding the name of the child can be both difficult and fun. We at IKEA have given names to products for more than 70 years,' the Swedish retailer writes. 'So, if you are completely stuck, or just want some inspiration - here you will find over 800 boy names and girl names. Everything from popular Ivar to more rare names like Moalie.'
According to IKEA, the name directory comes after a recent baby boom in the Scandinavian country. 'In Norway, almost 3,000 more children were born in 2021 than the year before, which is an increase of over 5 percent, and it presents challenges in finding unique names,' Apartment Therapy report.
In other news, IKEA has just launched a nationwide design competition challenging children to create eco-conscious initiatives to make their schools more sustainable. Whether it's recycling methods or uniform swap shops, the Let's Go Zero competition will encourage children to consider the many ways that their schools may be able to reduce their carbon footprint.
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