I picked a pretty name for my daughter and got it tattooed on my face – but now people think I named her after Facebook

A DAD picked a pretty name for his baby girl before getting it tattooed on his cheek – but people think he named her after Facebook's rebrand.

Gleb Horoshy, 31, and 33-year-old wife Autumn, 33, welcomed baby daughter Meta in February and thought her name would be completely unique.



The German dad said he feels like a walking advert after he got the tattoo to honour his daughter, Meta, just months before the megacorp changed the parent company name to the Greek prefix meaning "beyond."

A few months later the first time dad got his daughter's name inked across his cheek in tribute.

But he's been left looking like a social media devotee after Facebook announced it was changing its name to Meta last month.

Tattooist Gleb from Berlin said he can see the funny side of the mishap.

He said: "When Facebook changed the name to the same as our daughter's, my wife was freaking out.

"But it made me laugh – it was so surreal.

"We tried to pick a name which wasn't popular so she would be unique and now it is everywhere.

"It was my first face tattoo but I don't regret it because I love my daughter.

"Facebook – or Meta – should be paying me for free the advertising!"

Gleb, originally from Ukraine, and Autumn, originally from California, named daughter Meta after 'metamorphosis' to symbolise entering the next stage of the relationship.

They never expected that less than a year later, the name would be seen everywhere – after it became the name of Mark Zuckerberg's social media empire.

Gleb said: "I kept seeing it everywhere – it was surreal.

"I find it funny for sure – but I don't have any regrets.

"I joke to people that I got it because I love Facebook and Instagram so much.

"I don't regret it because I love my daughter.

"My daughter's name will always be super special to me no matter what."

The billionaire Mark Zuckerberg announced the shock rebrand during his future-gazing Facebook Connect keynote speech – where he detailed plans to create a next-gen "metaverse" internet.

The new moniker is a catch-all for Facebook's entire operation – so the name of the actual app won't change.

But Meta is now the official company brand, covering Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and more.

Zuckerberg said that Meta comes from the Greek word for "beyond", and better represents the company now.

“We are a company that builds technology to connect people,” the Harvard drop-out said, announcing the company’s new name.

The special event showcased the company's brand new metaverse tech, with a focus on virtual reality.

VR, augmented reality and the "metaverse" – a potentially infinite virtual world – are huge areas of investment for Facebook.

The company recently announced plans to hire an additional 10,000 staff to work on the metaverse.

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