Mom turns to Face­book to name un­born baby

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TORONTO— Rommy Alpinelli has hun­dreds of pos­si­ble first names for her soon-to-be­de­liv­ered baby girl, but she won’t get to pick The One. She’s giv­ing that power to the peo­ple.

Alpinelli has de­cided to leave things to chance or, more specif­i­cally, in the vir­tual hands of Face­book users and on­line vot­ers who will help se­lect the first name of her first­born. The Toronto mom-to-be, whose due date is Dec. 4, had tried in vain to find a unique moniker. Dur­ing her re­cent stints as a sup­ply teacher, she scanned through class lists and pored over baby-name books for in­spi­ra­tion. Noth­ing jumped out.

“ I just wanted to find some­thing that was not dif­fer­ent like off-the-wall, just unique, like a very pretty girl name that’s not so su­per-com­mon,” said the 34-year-old.

Alpinelli had been dis­cussing the sub­ject with a friend who works in sales at FabFind. The Cana­dian so­cial com­merce site of­fers dis­counted deals on ev­ery­thing from fit­ness classes to meals and laser hair re­moval.

The friend went to FabFind and men­tioned Alpinelli’s name dilemma and the com­pany de­cided d to sug­gest some­thing a lit­tle un­con­ven­tional. v

“ We went back to her and said, ‘ Here’s what we’ll do: We will give you and your fam­ily a year’s worth of free deals if you let us help name your kid and we’ll do it on Face­book,’ ” said FabFind CEO Bill Heil­mann.

What’s more, they wanted to cre­ate a whole so­cial me­dia move­ment to get peo­ple in­volved through Face­book and Twit­ter, and de­signed a cus­tom ap­pli­ca­tion for in­di­vid­u­als to sub­mit names and cast votes ( ac­ces­si­ble at www. fabfind­baby. com and www. face­book. com/ FabFindToronto).

“ It’s one of those things where it was de­signed to be first and fore­most a namegen­er­at­ing ex­er­cise but also one where it was sort of a de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion of find­ing a great name,” said Heil­mann.

As of late Fri­day, they had re­ceived around 750 7 sub­mis­sions. The top vote-get­ter was Aria, fol­lowed by Me­la­nia in sec­ond place and Sophia in third.

Other names in the top 10 in­cluded Par­sia, Eu­dai­mo­nia and Fabri­cia.

Sub­mis­sions and vot­ing will con­tinue un­til Alpinelli gives birth.

The per­son who sub­mits the top voteget­ting name will earn 25,000 re­wards points they can use to re­deem for FabFind deals. In­di­vid­u­als can sub­mit names from all over the world, but they have to be a Cana­dian res­i­dent out­side of Que­bec to claim the prize.

— The Cana­dian Press

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