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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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Matt says:

    “What’s a girl to do”?

    Howabout, use birth control.

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  5. 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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