It can be challenging naming a child. You may want a gender-neutral name, know the most and least popular names, or simply avoid the name of clumsy kids. But now two parents have named their baby after an internet provider.
The reason? Free WiFi service until the child turns 18.
People reports that Swiss internet provider Twifi ran a promotion where they would grant free internet service if parents named their child either Twifia or Twifius. So, a couple from Graubünden, Switzerland gave their newborn daughter (pictured above) Twifia as a middle name and won.
While images of Twifia were used in the promotion, the family wants to keep their identities anonymous so that they don’t have to explain to people why they did it. “Because the accusation of having sold our child’s name hits us very hard. We’re also a little ashamed,” admits Twifia’s father to local station Blick (via Google translate). However, he says, “There are much worse names. And the more often we say ‘Twifia,’ the heartier the name sounds!”
The parents are taking the money they’ll save — approximately $66 a month — and putting it into a savings account that Twifia can use when she grows up. And what if the Twifi goes belly up?
“Then I’ll be personally liable for it,” Twifi boss Philippe Fotsch told Blick. “It’s a matter of honor.”
With Twifia as a middle name, it’s not likely that she’ll be found out unless she wants to reveal the truth publicly. And it’s not like she’s the only person with a strange name.
Oh yes, there are others.
Not the Weirdest Baby Name Ever
Back in 2019, this little guy made the rounds for what some said was the”weirdest baby name ever.” The boy was named “Google.”
According to a report by Malay Mail, Andi Cahya Saputra and Ella Karina from Indonesia had baby Google last year on November 30, 2018, but news didn’t pop up on search engines until July 2019. 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 admittedly 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.