Pilot is among the most maligned celebrity baby names ever, regularly topping the lists of crazy choices, second only to Apple and Dweezil.
But is Pilot really such an out-there appellation? We love occupational surnames for boys, from Carter to Mason. And his sound is solidly masculine. Plus Pilot’s parents have a sweet story about choosing his name from a song.
Pilot comes from a Greek word for helmsman, which probably traces back to pedon – oar. The word has been in use for centuries, originally applied to the person steering a boat. Once airplanes were invented, pilot was applied to aviators, too.
I’ll admit that I would have paired Pilot with anything other than Inspektor. To me, it is the first-middle combination that feels over-the-top.
What do you say? Would Pilot work for a non-celeb child, or is he just too out there? Pilot, yea or nay?