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By Dennis Romero
Kim Kardashian announced the name of her fourth child with Kanye West on Friday – Psalms – and social media lit up with scorn.
Kardashian tweeted the words of the Western Psalms with pictures of baby boys born in the May 9 bag.
"With the arrival of our fourth child … we are blessed without limits," the message said. "We have everything we need."
The dominant gut response from social media seems to make fun of the name with pictures of the church (the psalm is a holy song), laughing faces and trembling heads.
Comedian John Fugelsang tweeted reference to the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas: "Kim & Kanye have the right to give the baby names the Western Psalms, but I honestly hope they name this one South with the South.
Cultural critic Ira Madison III tweeted"Psalm West sounds like the Errol Flynn 1941 movie but it's ok."
Betches, the Twitter account for the comedy social media collective of the same name, commented, "The Western psalm sounds like the location of a new desert music festival that costs $ 1,000 per ticket."
Baby naming experts are not amused.
Laura Wattenberg, founder of namerology.com, which collects data on the most popular baby names in the US, says more and more parents are choosing non-traditional names.
"Baby names are a very personal choice today than before," he said. "Kim and Kanye are not the only ones who gave up giving baby names after grandpa."
However, the name is not unique, according to the data. In 2018, 15 newborns – seven boys and eight girls – were named Psalms.
"This is part of a trend towards creativity that sees many parents turning words into names," Wattenberg said.
Sherri Suzanne, founder of the naming consultation My Name for Life, said via e-mail that the Psalms show the thematic influence of the Kardashian-West family, which includes North, 5, and Chicago sisters, 1, and Saint brothers, 3.
"Kim and Kanye seem to work hard to name the siblings who have the same character, & # 39;" he said. "This applies to parents who work with me, whether they like unusual or traditional names. I wouldn't expect to find many Psalms in your child's kindergarten class in the near future."
Wattenberg notes that Western boys and girls are divided by theme.
"Boys are both elevated, the name of religion and girls don't have that kind of thing," he said. "It feels like you are separating boys and girls."