A Baby Name That Really Tells You Something About the Parents

The underlying point of everything we’ve ever written about baby names is that the name is essentially the parents’ signal to the world of what they think of their kid — whether it’s a signal of tradition, religion, aspiration, affiliation, or whatnot.

Here is a very pure example of that principle: a baby named Colt .45 Stratemeyer. It’s via Jim Romenesko, from a birth announcement in the Tillamook (Oregon) Headlight-Herald:

Colt .45 Stratemeyer was born Nov. 26, 2013 at Tillamook Regional Medical Center. He weighed seven pounds, two ounces. He joins his older brother, Hunter Allen Stratemeyer, 3. Baby Colt’s parents are Joshua and Rebekah Stratemeyer of Toledo.

I assume the announcement is legitimate, though I can’t say for certain. I am guessing there are fiction writers out there who could write a short story or maybe even a novel with no more inspiration than this birth announcement.


Call DYS on these parents, ASAP.

Andres Velasquez

White trash or neo-nazis?


Way to reveal yourself to be a prejudiced bigot.

Matthew Cecil

"or whatnot..." Lol... What a discrete and polite way of avoiding the discussion of our gun wielding culture in America.

I applaud your sagacity...


Named after the Malt Liquor the parents were drinking when he was conceived?

Matthew Cecil

It barely merits saying but it would be incredibly difficult to find a black person drinking Colt 45 compared to finding a white person drinking the same beverage in Oregon. Oregon is a "whopping" 2% black, lol.

No, unfortunately he can never become the stereotypical malt liquor drinking African American that you are perhaps picturing in your imagination, but the jury is still out on whether Colt 45. will become a Republican Senator or Congressman...


No reason to bring race or political affiliation into the discussion. It was a funny comment. Chill out.


One of my favorites from our local paper was a little girl given the first and middle name of Symphony Chardonnay.


And there are how many young women whose parents named them after a jewelry store?


Since it is Colt (dot) 45, he is named after the Gun, and not the Malt Liquor.


Really? Hope this does work.

Nancy Man

This reminds me of 12-Gage.

According to the Oklahoma State Health Department, a baby born in OK in 2008 was named 12-Gage.

Another, born the same year, was named Trigger.

I skimmed a few of the earlier years (OK only has '04, '06,' 07 and '08 online right now) and on the '07 list found a Swostika.

Gene H

"." or not, I am guessing y0ung Colt .45/Colt 45 will be exposed to both the gun and the beer quite often during his formative years. Probably at the same time, for the most part...

caleb b

This kid sounds like he's going to be awesome to party with in about 20 years.


I know the parents and they are very good people. we come from a small country town where everyone grows up around Hunting, Fishing and Guns. And that's why they named their son after a Colt.45 . And a Gun is not a bad thing to be named after I don't care what you say or who you are..


Yep, Colt .45 is my son. We love hunting, fishing, big trucks...we named Colt what we wanted to name him bacause we are his parents. We named him after the gun cause we like shooting guns. Doesn't make us bad parents and his name doesn't make him who he is and it definitely doesn't define him as a person. Legally you are allowed to name your child anything you want.


"Legally you are allowed to name your child anything you want."

That is factually incorrect. There are several court cases where a child's name has been changed on the grounds it was cruel or abusive in any way.


If you're wrong about that what else are you wrong about? Plenty Rebekah, plenty...

Pablo Lasha

I notice how bias liberals can be against anything they don't understand and yet how self righteous they are when it comes to attacking an opposition where they have more rigorous reasoning and persuasive argument. Some of the comments on here are unduly prejudice, and more surprisingly, they have been upvoted. Mathew Cecil, whose comment is hidden due to low comment ratings, makes a very poignant point (which is not racist at all and is actually quite amusing), but low and behold, the comment speaks to a truth which makes people uncomfortable and so, it easier to post base remarks about people no one here knows in order to further one's own self esteem, than to acknowledge the shortcomings of posting you empathize with or have yourself posted. I am from Oregon and I am not sensitive when it comes to jokes , either in general or specific to Oregon. But I am sensitive to an unmerited bias where it is okay make prejudice comments about one group within a protected class but not another. This kind of behavior deters from real issues and gives a platform for people to scream reverse racism. It is a pattern with people who believe themselves to be enlighten liberals. It is the reason the phrase "liberal elite" sticks. In anticipation of replies to "lighten up", the main point of my post is not about the people in Tillamook, I have never met them, nor is the main point about guns or what is appropriate to name your children or Oregon, instead it is about parity and injustices that do a disservice to their supposed causes. I disown the privilege to express prejudice remarks as a substitute for real equity in opportunity and stake in American society.

That said, the name is one of the more clever novelty names I have heard about. Since Colt is a reasonable first name, the kid will have discretion not often afforded to over zealous parents who pick names that stick out. There are countries that bar citizens from novel names, like New Zealand and Denmark. Denmark has a list of names you can freely choose from, as to avoid the disappointment of your more original name being rejected. Denmark also has a state Church which is responsible for some of the local administrative duties. So, perhaps you were just telling your European friends how terrible America is with its guns and freedom to choose your child's name, right? Well Denmark is the place for you! What about New Zealand you ask? New Zealand doesnt want you, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23475583
Notice how my satire lacks unmerited prejudice (such as the taxonomic descriptor of race as applied to humans) , but does address merited differences (such as culture).

Also, a number as a middle name, .45 is rather unique and I like the symmetry, but even if I thought the name was a terrible idea I would not need ad hominem attacks to support my argument. The gist of it is, be civil, be on point, be funny; but whatever you are be it at your own expense.



Wow, to each his own. I work in a school and we sometimes chuckle at these types of names. Some of the names given to children set them up for failure in the long run because they try to live up or down to the chosen name.