Selling your baby’s naming rights on the Internet? Instant disqualification



Here’s a way to say “Yes darling, mummy wanted you very much.  Except I couldn’t think of a good name for you.  So instead of asking your father, or Grandma, or some of my closest friends, I decided to make some money off it and get a total stranger to decide on your name instead!  Isn’t that, just, so cool?”

Sharon Bernstein reports:  

Natasha Hill couldn’t decide what to call the baby she is expecting in September.

So when a baby-naming website offered $5,000 to an expectant mom who was willing to let the public vote on the best moniker, the 26-year-old jumped at the chance.

“I just thought it was a really cool idea,” said Hill, an art teacher who works with young children. “I found it when I was online looking for baby names on different websites.”

If you care enough to have a baby, should you think it a “really cool idea” to sell the rights to name your baby to a total stranger?  

“I think whatever name is chosen my child is going to be grateful that it didn’t come from me,” Hill said.

Her boyfriend is a little less sanguine about it. He remembers a Facebook contest in which a man said he would name his child Batman if he got 500,000 likes on his page.

“He thinks people are going to use it as a chance to do something pranky,” she said.

He sounds like he’s got the family brain cell (although sleeping with her might have been his blonde moment).  I think Natasha should listen to the baby’s father too.

Hill, nervous enough about the baby and now the name, has decided not to check the website to even see what appellations wind up on the final list.

“I’m afraid if I look at them I’ll get my favorite one,” said Hill, who had previously considered names including Katorah (no, she doesn’t know what it means) and Winter. “And then I’ll be disappointed.”

If she doesn’t like the name, Hill said, there’s still one available exit strategy.

And it’s a classic.

“There’s always a nickname,” the mother-to-be said.

Why do I have the feeling we’re going to see the baby in the news again in some way, twenty or so years from now.

At times it really is difficult to support the “right” for anyone to create a child.  Surely this is a form of child abuse?


Source:  NBC


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  • Steve (North Shore)

    We (partner and I) know a Thai family. First daughter is ‘Nueng’ Different Culture.
    Maybe the solo mothers should name their kids by numbers 1 to 15 or whatever; no need for surnames

  • Patrick

    Why not a product sponsership? – Dunlop/Firestone, QaurterPounder/BigMac, Coke/Pepsi, Durex/Trojan – probably with middle name Split/broken.

    The potential is endless, corporate sponsers will be queueing up.

    • Callum

      Corporate sponsorship would require value in return, can’t see see much value…

    • Rockfield

      I suggest Nike and Head the tennis racquet people … Air Head …. Done, name decided, Oh sorry, I was thinking about the Mother.

    • Andy

      I remember the show jumping horse called Sanyo Music Centre. So I agree. Child called Toyota 4 x4 turbo diesel