As smart speakers are becoming more and more common
in the United States and around the world, it’s important to take a moment to think of the many people who now share their name with a ubiquitous digital entity designed to serve its human overlords. And no, I’m not talking about you, Bixby. Imagine having named your kid Alexa shortly before Amazon debuted its popular virtual assistant in 2014. You now have to live with the fact that your child will be yelled commands at in millions of households around the world.
As a matter of fact, there are already signs that Amazon’s decision to give its digital assistant a rather popular name, has ruined that name for years to come. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration
, the number of babies named Alexa in the United States has dropped from 6,050 in 2015 (which is when Amazon's first smart speaker Echo became widely available) to 3,053 in 2018. Having been the 32nd most popular name for girls born in 2015, Alexa's rank dropped to 90th in 2018, the lowest it's been since 1998.