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)


Ben

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.

Craig

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

Eric M. Jones

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.

Leland Witter

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

Josh Nixon

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.

JoseAngelCMS

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.

rw

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

Just saying...

Allison

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

derek

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...

Vidal-CMS

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.

Adam

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

kdg

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

econobiker

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...

George Tenet Fangirl

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

How much would the rights to a nickname go for?

Lord

No doubt GoldenPalaceCasino.com or some other such.

Ben

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

sociologist

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

The `Benefits' of the Doubt

sociologist

possible correction- take out the The

sarahCMS

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.

PedroCMS

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!"