Parents often toil over a baby’s name, because the right one can inspire respect while the wrong one will result in ridicule. Now two Indonesian parents given their son the weirdest baby name ever: The boy was named “Google.”
According to a report by Malay Mail, Andi Cahya Saputra and Ella Karina had baby Google last year on November 30th, but news didn’t pop up on search engines until this week. The Indonesian couple is from Bekasi Regency in West Java, and Google wasn’t their first choice.
“From religion, we considered the names of the prophet, and from the more usual names, we also considered Albar Dirgantara Putra,” the father, Andi, said in the interview. He added that he also considered Microsoft, iPhone, iOS, and Windows as possible names.
“But when he was finally born, something in my heart told me the name Albar Dirgantara Putra wouldn’t suit him. At last, I took a name from the technology category,” he said.
In case you’re wondering — and based off our somewhat sketchy online searches — Albar comes from the last name of a Malaysian political family. Dirgantara means “air” or “aerospace” and Dirgantara Air Service is an airline based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Finally, Putra is the Sanskrit word for “son,” which has been absorbed into the Malay and Indonesian languages.
Not everyone was a fan of the name, including Andi’s father and his wife (who evidently didn’t have much choice in the naming. But Andi held firm, because he wants Google to help people in the future. You know, like the search engine.
The viral boost this story has gotten in recent days shouldn’t be a surprise. Weird names are popular fodder for online readers. In fact, our article on the weirdest names of 2019 is one of the most popular articles via Google (the search engine, not the baby boy).