Yesterday BabyCenter released the 2012 edition of its annual list of the most unusual baby names of the year (to qualify, names must have been given to a baby at least twice in the past year) and though there aren't any especially timely art-inspired entries -- no "Munch," no "Levitated Max," no "Trecartin," not even a "Kaws" -- that old stand-by, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," had an apparent spike in popularity. At least two children born this year were named "Monalisa."
Before you deem Monalisa a cruel and unkind name to bestow upon a child, we recommend you peruse the full list. Because, really, being named after the most famous portrait in art history is much, much better than being named "Google," "Cello," "Drifter," "Burger," "Vanille" -- the French word for vanilla -- "Oasis," "Jury," "Fedora," or "Excel," all of which are also on the list and therefore must have been given to at least a couple of very, very unfortunate babies.
-Benjamin Sutton, BLOUIN ARTINFO
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