I remember when my wife and I talked about the name of our first child. Both of us liked Alice, but I was keen to have something that spoke of my welsh roots. In the end we decided on Alys, lovely spelling I think. Recently I came upon this article in the New York Times Fashion and Style section ( a regular port of call for us elderly computer science profs). It seems that Google is helping with name choice. It’s such a long way away from the time when you would name your child after a rich relative. Perhaps a further confirmation of Nicholas Carr’s ideas expounded in his recent book The Shallows.