There’s a unique baby name, and then there’s this. These parents found the internet an unforgiving place when you choose poorly.
Naming your baby is an important responsibility, and can often lead to tense conversations if your friends don’t love your choice as much as you do.
Parents, who are generally convinced their baby’s name is the holy grail of names, tend to react adversely when their choice is challenged.
Sometimes, it’s vital to get a bit of help from an outside source, to understand that, perhaps, there were a trillion other names you could have gone with other than ‘La-ka’ (Ladashka) or ‘ABCDE’ (Absedy).
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Thankfully, for one Queensland couple, the internet kindly stepped in to help.
Choose your baby's name with care, or the internet will tell you about it.Source:istock
Roman numerals in name
A couple from the Gold Coast made a bizarre decision to name they newborn daughter with some help from the Ancient Romans.
Jessica Mavis wrote into That’s Life magazine, to tell them about what inspired her daughter’s name.
“I’ve always loved the name Kaitlyn but hated how popular it was,” Jessica said.
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“So when I found out I was having a girl, my husband suggested we replace the ‘ait’ with the Roman number symbol for eight!”
“Now our daughter is truly unique.”
To clarify, Jessica and her husband got so creative that they changed part of their baby daughter’s name to include the Roman Numeral “VIII”, which makes “KVIIIlyn”.
It’s as if “m8”, “I’m running l8” and “sk8er boi” just clawed their way back from the early 2000s.
The name announcement as it appeared in That's Life. Source: Facebook.
Not a popular choice
Instead of the praise Jessica expected from the readers of That’s Life for being unique, someone uploaded a photo of the indecipherable name to and, naturally, it went viral.
“Too weird. Bet the kid is going to hate her parents later,” one woman wrote.
Another said the baby girl had just been handed a “life sentence” by her parents, and was doomed to spell her name five times a day for the rest of her life.
“This will forever be the worst name,” another wrote.
Beck Parker told her friend Holli Phillips: “I hate this planet”.
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Holli agreed, saying: “It’s actually a joke.”
Linda Gladman felt sorry for “poor Kaitlin”, saying the baby had a tough road ahead of her.
“She will have to explain her name for the rest of her life. Births deaths & marriages should have rejected the name,” Linda wrote.
Peter Bogatec declared Mr and Mrs Mavis the winners of “Bogan Baby names for 2019”.
“Poor kid, what will she do when she grows up and finds out her parents are morons,” he said.
Parents also sent the clipping to their children, telling them they should, “thank god every day that you had literate parents”.
But hey, it could be worse.
Jessica could have decided to translate the newest member of her family into the most obvious and unimaginative name in the world, like Married At First Sight star Susie, who named her child ‘Baby’.