Couple Who Planned to Let Internet Name Their Baby Make the Smart Choice

baby girlSometimes it feels like every time you turn around, there's another set of parents set on ruining their child's life just to be cool. But have heart, there's good news in crazy land! Remember the parents who decided to let the Internet name their baby girl, even setting up a website,, where folks could enter their favorite monikers?

The couple's little girl is here! And guess what they named her!

Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin.

Which is not what the Internet suggested. Turns out Cthulhu All-Spark was the winning name, but the Canadian couple decided to go with giving their daughter a normal life instead of being those cool parents who let the Internet name their kid.

Who just breathed a giant sigh of relief? Welcome to the club -- it's full of normal parents who have a lick of common sense.

Granted, this couple said from the start that they'd have the final say, so we always held out hope for a happy ending. As dad Stephen put it on his site:

Unfortunately internet I know better than to trust you. We will ultimately be making the final decision, Alas my daughter shall not be named WackyTaco692. Sorry guys the wife wouldn't go for a free for all.

But we've seen couples go to some absurd lengths to be "cool," at the cost of their child's happiness (see also: Game of Thrones baby trend). There was always the risk that these parents would do what the Internet hoped they'd do ... and this poor kid would be saddled with a ridiculous name for the rest of her life (or until she hit adulthood and pulled together the funds to make a name change).

The Internet has proven a dangerous animal for parents. On the one hand, there is certainly a reason to turn to the interwebs when it comes time to name a baby. Like a baby name book on steroids, it's where you can find ideas for awesome winter-themed names or lovely wine-themed names (yes, really, oenophiles, your day has been made).

And crowd sourcing on the Internet can be a godsend for parents who are looking not just to name a baby, but to find other parents who can give them tips on struggles from how to get that breastfed baby to finally take a bottle to how to actually have that natural birth in the hospital.

The Internet has taken much of the loneliness out of parenthood. That's a good thing! We need to stick together to raise kids in this global village.

On the other hand, the Internet has also given parents room to abdicate their important role as their children's, well, parents!

From letting the Internet name their baby to letting their kids loose on the Internet to learn about the facts of life from strangers instead of dear old Mom and Dad, too many parents are forgetting that childhood is fleeting. We only get 18 years with these kids -- give or take -- and it's up to us to make sure they count, that we really put in the hard work and make the best choices for our kids.

So, by all means, turn to the Internet for help as a parent. Ask for naming ideas or suggestions on great bottle nipples. But at the end of the day, remember, as this couple did, who your child depends on. It's not the Internet.

What do you make of this whole "name my baby" trend? Do you crowd source for parenting advice on the Internet?


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Freela Freela

LMAO at Cthulhu All-Spark... that is hilarious!  I may have to save that for a pet in the future!

Austi... Austinsmommy12

Google "" . Some parents got $15,000 to name their kid that. Even the ".com" is in there. Seriously?! Can you just see standardized tests in school? Well, if she doesn't drop out before 5th grade from the torture. Have some common sense people!

Brenn... Brenna1220

Now don't get me wrong. I have read plenty of stories about some of the dumb names (celebrities and everyday people) have named their children. Now I could see if you could not come up with a name for you child turning to the internet to get name ideas. Ultimately, I would not allow the nutcases of the internet to pick the final name of my child (and I say nutcases with the utmost affection.) Now if I had trouble choosing between names, I might have a vote online to get people's opinion. Some people have no common sense.

Now when it comes to Austinsmommy, you are wrong. Golden Palace Casino paid a 33 year old woman from Tennessee named Terri Illigan not some poor baby girls parents. Terri had the idea to auction of her name on Ebay when trying to come up with money to pay to send one of her kids to a golf school that was previously attended by Tiger Woods

nonmember avatar Foster

I'm totally naming my kid WackyTaco692!

drink... drinkme8184

So they named their kid what they wanted... and it is news why?

Adrienne Pryde

Because The Stir likes to write stories about the dumbest stuff and try to make it seem as if anyone cares.






Austi... Austinsmommy12

@Brenna1220: I beg to differ. Wiki isn't always correct, and that's obviously where your info came from. Ms. Iligan DID accept payment to change her name, but so did this baby's parents.

nonmember avatar Brena

I wish I would have thought of Cthulhu for my daughter... Instead I am just choosing boring old Sophia.... Damn! :p

twcplus3 twcplus3

Love the name! My daughter's name is Amelia.

MamaJ... MamaJssem

As a practitioner of weird names for her little ones, I would NEVER turn to the internet for names. I figured them out on own and have names that match my children's personalities, and become more poignant as they get older. 

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