What's in a Name? Four Thousand and Fifty Dollars

It may be a gag, but from the looks of this eBay page, someone just sold the naming rights for her unborn baby — and two pairs of Nike Air baby booties — for $4,050.

She doesn’t care what name the buyer chooses, but hopes it’s not one that will get her child’s “butt kicked.”

The seller writes she did it because after having three kids, “the novelty of ‘naming the baby’ has worn off.”

But she adds another reason:

I have a huge pile of unpaid bills (mostly) medical expenses from this pregnancy, [and] I don’t have maternity coverage … If I have to stop working before the day I go into labor, then I’m probably gonna lose my house and my car. So what’s a girl to do?

Did the buyer see an opportunity for creative charitable giving, or is there some other hidden benefit to naming a child that’s worth paying $4,050 for?

According to the seller, the chosen name — and maybe a motive — will be revealed on her blog shortly.

(Hat tip: Hulya Eraslan)

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COMMENTS: 29


  1. Ben says:

    This is shameful. If you’re ‘adventurous’ and like ‘taking risks,’ then auction off the rights for someone to change YOUR name. Don’t saddle your child with a potentially life-altering moniker just because you want an easy way to make some extra cash.

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  2. Craig says:

    Perhaps the name will be “Loser.” It has a 100% success rate in molding upstanding citizens.

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  3. Eric M. Jones says:

    I have known people with names that sparked immediate interest. I knew a Captain and there are apparently several Doctor Doctor’s (or is it Doctor’s Doctor…?). Along this line of thought I would suggest:

    “Commander Lance Savage”.

    Or some such. I think people make MUCH too big a deal of names. Have fun. As long as no fraud is intended the law lets you call yourself whatever you want–that’s why they give you a social security number.

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  4. Leland Witter says:

    E. Bay Jones (or Smith or whatever the last name is)

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  5. Josh Nixon says:

    If the buyer chooses a horrible name, perhaps the mother can offset the statistical likelihood of her child performing poorly in school by purchasing lots of books.

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  6. JoseAngelCMS says:

    I am personally against selling the naming rights of your unborn baby to a stranger, but with the economic situation that is going on around the world, it might be the only way to get some money. If people have enough money to live well, then, they should not sell the naming rights of their son, but if the money they have is not being enough, and selling the naming rights is the only way to get some money, then, as a rational human being, the right thing to do would be to sell the naming rights.
    In the particular case explained above, the mother did the right thing to do, she was suffering with all the unpaid bills and all of that, and the extra money gained by selling these rights, might be the only way to get out of the economic problems she is having at the moment.

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  7. rw says:

    If you are already having trouble paying your bills, maybe having a 4th child isn’t a great idea.

    Just saying…

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  8. Allison says:

    Who cares about the naming rights? The more important question is why is she having another child that she can’t afford?
    *Sigh*

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  9. derek says:

    Okay, so I’ll be the jerk to point out that if you’re that hard up, maybe you shouldn’t have the kid in the first place…

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  10. Vidal-CMS says:

    The mother should hope that the child doesn’t hate her in the future. Maybe the kid will have a sense of humor and love her for it. That’s just the risk the mother took. She obviously didn’t take ethics into consideration. Personally, I would not sell naming rights for my child. If I really needed the money I would sell naming rights for my name (obviously I would change it), an idea that Ben said “then auction off the rights for someone to change YOUR name.”
    On another note, why did the mother have the baby in the first place?
    I truly hope that those $4,050 pay off ALL her bills.

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  11. Adam says:

    1) Make phony ebay posting
    2) Mention your blog driving up hits
    3) Profit

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  12. kdg says:

    Why not? There are certainly some folks who might have benefitted from this process: Gweyneth Paltrow, Lisa Bonet, Jason Lee, etc…

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  13. econobiker says:

    It looks like that online casino did not win the naming rights. She seemed pretty clueless about using her work email for ebay stuff plus getting fired due to the pregnancy (big illegal thing).

    And that she was working 50 hours a week at a place that didn’t seem to have good health insurance…

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  14. George Tenet Fangirl says:

    This kid is going to go by a nickname 99% of the time.

    How much would the rights to a nickname go for?

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  15. Lord says:

    No doubt GoldenPalaceCasino.com or some other such.

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  16. Ben says:

    #11 is credited.
    I would name the baby ‘Tubal Ligation’.

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  17. sociologist says:

    this is toooooo funny– ok- no certain name calling yet-
    aside from RSRSs– most recent–

    The `Benefits’ of the Doubt

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  18. sociologist says:

    possible correction- take out the The

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  19. sarahCMS says:

    I think no one should judge here, since we do not know the situation in which this mother is going through. As long as she keeps her dignity, this is alright; it is not like she’s stealing a bank. And since money doesn’t grow out of trees, or falls from heaven, she probably thought this was the quickest and safest way to get money. Answering VidalCms, mistakes happen, her current problem is not the baby, since the baby already exists, she must find a solution, her problem is the money. And apparently she found part of the solution. In the future if it is possible, the baby may change its name if he does not like it. About whoever gave the money, probably that means there still exist good people in this world, thankfully.

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  20. PedroCMS says:

    Hahahaha. That is just genius. That makes me want to hire employees to have babies and sell all the naming rights. I see so many opportunities in the “baby naming” market. The possibilities are endless. I can already picture it:

    iName

    “We have the babies, you name it!”

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  21. ShUn-CmS says:

    Today I had lunch with some of my old-buddies, and one of them mentioned the naming process of a Native American. That is, according to their tradition, the first thing a newly borne child sees will be his/her name – ie: Sittingbull for example. We were saying how unfortunate it would be if the baby saw a mating process of two animals, for instance. I know that they follow their traditions very strictly according to beliefs etc. so they have no choice. However, in the case of this young lady, what stupid thing to do: sell her baby’s name?? as JAngel mentioned, a rational action is to sell to whatever one got to survive, she could of sold her OWN name if that’s the case, as Marcos said. I feel terribly sorry for the child to have such a mother. (I agree with Marcos – why did she have a baby in the first place?.

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  22. artreality says:

    Maybe the reason she’s having her 4th baby is because for 8 years, George(the Inept), and his “Faith based” (ie;anti-abortion) coalition, prevented women like her from getting the information, or access to the information about birth control, and instead forced/taught abstinence as a real alternative..(are you listenin, Bristol????)

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  23. artreality says:

    May I suggest “4150″? It will be a great conversation opener, and the baby’s friends can use the nickname “41″

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  24. griff says:

    This couldn’t happen in the UK, as due to our quaint tradition ‘the National Health Service’ no one pays anything at all in medical bills for having a baby..

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  25. 5cott says:

    My wife is pregnant and we joked with our friends about doing something like this. We ended up deciding it wasn’t worth the risk of ending up with a baby named “condomdepot.com”

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  26. Robyn with a Y for Understanding says:

    Dear Friend and Sister;

    My daughter went caroling this past Christmas. Like you, she has mastered “the art of giving”, but I don’t think that she knows it quite yet. Sis, I hope that we get to meet you someday soon. She could use such a great teacher. I like to think of your holiday as one that I truly appreciate without celebrating it myself. Had a neighbor who celebrated Christmas. It was such a happy time in her family life.

    So as to Middle Names- the best that I have come up with is –

    The Framework Of Our Science

    PS. This is not meant at all to be humorous. Time to Finish and “Move On.”

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  27. Michael says:

    This couldn’t happen in most of Europe since the majority (all???) countries have a system in which a government agency has the right to reject names that they consider unfit (sorry but Loser would’ve never become a cop since his name would”ve been disallowed).

    If this is a scam to get more web page hits, then fine.

    If it’s for real then the baby should immediately be taken by Social Services upon birth. And people who think this is OK are themselves unfit to be parents.

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  28. Matt says:

    “What’s a girl to do”?

    Howabout, use birth control.

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  29. Ashley says:

    There’s an updated comment on the blog that says that the winning bidder did not pay, so the seller relisted. eBay then removed the listing, so perhaps all this surmising over the the buyer’s intentions is for naught. Can we just say that the bidder was doing it for kicks and giggles, rather than for charitable giving or other personal intentions?

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