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Would you ever sell the right to name your child?

Posted by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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Pregnant Woman Lets Strangers Name Her Baby for $5,000

Posted by Julie Ryan Evans on February 26, 2013 

baby namesHow much is your future baby's name worth to you? Most people would tell you that you can't put a price on something that special, right? Not Los Angeles mom Natasha Hill, however. She thinks $5,000 is just about right and recently sold the right to name her child for that amount.

Seriously. It came out of a contest launched by BellyBallot, a website that lets your friends and family vote on your baby name via Facebook and other social media sources. To grab some publicity, they launched a contest to be their national "Belly Branding" winner.

"One lucky pregnant couple will win $5,000 in exchange for letting the entire world decide their baby’s name," the site proclaimed. And people actually entered. How many I'm not sure, but Hill was the winner, and after the voting, which is to take place from March 18-22, they'll be given both a boy and a girl name that they will then be expected to bestow upon their baby.

Does anyone else find this all a little ... wrong?!

I'm definitely of the belief to each his or her own when it comes to choosing a baby name (as horrifying as some choices may be), but to thousands of strangers and their own, not so much.

Hopefully people will be kind and pick something respectable, and the way the contest is designed (BellyBallot will select a list of names based on what's trending and some from advertisers, and users can vote based on those). But you never know.

I understand that times are tough, and $5,000 is a lot of money, but the thought of anyone selling the right to name their own baby is pretty depressing. I mean, if she was starving or something, that would be one thing, but Hill says she just wants to pay some bills and put some away for the kid's college education.

I suppose on one hand, it's "just" a name, and you could always use a nickname once you pocketed the cash, but still. A name is the very first thing we give our child. My children love to hear stories about why I chose their names (and argue about what which ones would have been better). I can't imagine telling them that I just let a bunch of strangers pick them.

I hope she saves some of that cash for the therapy the kid might need one day.

Would you ever sell the right to name your child?

by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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illinoismommy83
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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For $500,000, MAYBE, as long as the child could legally change their name at 18 if they so desired. $5000 is pocket change and not worth the hassle.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Hell.No 

JanineDeer
by Janine on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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Sure why not? for money, yeppers! Easy money.  So it's the name on the document.

How many of folks out there even bother to call their kid the name THEY so carefully chose?  hahaha They name the kid Jeanette- they call her Jeanie.  they name the kid William, he ends up Billie (billie... how does that come from WILL)  They name the kid whatever then they call nicknames. 

So sure whatever let someone name my kid. hahaha If they hate it they can change it later

Mom2Boys9501
by Silver Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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 Not for all the money in the world.

annasmom1234
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

No, I wouldn't.  I went through the work of having her, and by darn, I'm going to name her what I want to!

SpnFulOfSugar
by Emerald Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Hell no
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I dunno... if I have 20-something kids like the duggars it might be fun... since I only have 3 kiddos I wouldn't do it. But she could always go back later and have the babies name changed; unless the name police are watching her lol. $5,000 is not nearly enough though...

KawaiiNerrie
by Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

No.

shudderette
by Silver Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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Not for just 5k. Maybe 100k. That'd pay for the kid's college. I think he/she would understand for a free college education. 

lexiloo714
by Gold Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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