Parents actually named their baby after KFC's Colonel Sanders for $11,000

We are stunned.

When deciding on a baby name parents usually pick a name they both love, one that has sentimental meaning or even a family name.

But for one little girl, her moniker was decided because of money.

In August KFC offered $US11,000 to a set of parents who named their new baby after the iconic face of the takeaway giant, Colonel Sanders.

The parents would receive the cash if they legally named their bundle of joy Harland, which is the first name of the man behind the famous fried chicken.

But there was a catch, the baby had to be born on September 9, the same birthday as Colonel Sanders.

I’m as pleased as pumpkin punch to announce the winner of our Baby Harland Naming Contest and the Harland who will be ushering in an all-new generation of Harlands, little Harland Rose.

— KFC (@kfc)

Welcoming little Harland Rose

On Tuesday, KFC announced on Twitter a winner had been awarded the $11,000.

The food giant shared a picture of a little girl named Harland Rose.

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don't worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That's the name of the game.

In a tweet promoting the competition KFC suggested the money could be used on the baby's college fund, so hopefully baby Harland gets to use the money down the track.

We are totally stunned people went through with it, we wonder how many other little Harlands are out there now who didn’t win the cash.

— Shawn Slipknotyk (@slipknotyk06)