Name inspiration comes in many forms, and for these parents from Chhattisgarh, India drawing from real-life was the reasoning behind naming their twin babies, Corona and Covid.
Mom Preeti Verma says what started as nicknames for her little boy and girl by the hospital staff just stuck.
"When the hospital staff also started calling the babies as Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic."
Born amidst the global pandemic that has many of us living in lockdown, the twins are being taken by their parents as the silver lining "after facing several difficulties."
"[We] wanted to make the day memorable."
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What not to name your kids
It's a stretch but hey, at least they didn't name their twins Earwacker, Bony M or Pube, right?
No, these are not nicknames, these are names of real-life people.
In his book, The Book of Unfortunate Baby Names, the self-professed name-collector extraordinaire, Russell Ash, provides a compilation of the most ridiculous names parents actually gave their kids. The author scoured official census records in the US and UK, some as far back as the 16th century.
The book is a follow-on from Russell's first offering of bad names titled Potty, Fartwell & Knob.
Passionate about unfortunate names, the author felt it his duty to provide a self-help book of sorts, by providing proper examples of what not to name your kids.
For your amusement and just in case you were going to make a bad decision with naming your child, we've compiled the worst of the worst below:
Baptized 1648, Buckinghamshire, England
Married 1882, London, England
Died 1849, Yorkshire, England
Born 1898, Florida, USA
Born 1771, Somerset, England
Born 1854, Norfolk, England
Born 1919, Lincolnshire, England
Born 1892, North Carolina, USA
Born 1847, Alabama, USA
Born 1849, Hampshire, England
Died 1994, Kentucky, USA
Born 1888, South Carolina, USA
Born 1878, Kent, England
One Too Many
Born 1870, Essex, England
Born 1904, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born 1896, North Carolina, USA
Born 1831, Ireland
Born 1859, Iowa, USA
Born 1856, New York, USA
Always think initials through
Born 1827, Yorkshire, England
Born 1905, Lancashire, England
Born 1862, Cornwall, England
Born 1875, Bedfordshire, England
Married 1899, London, England
Born 1870, London. England
Born 1896, Kansas, USA
Born 1930, Staffordshire, England
Unfortunate first name and surname combinations
Born 1880, Illinois, USA
Born 1837, Yorkshire, England
Born 1819, Scotland
Dan D. Lyons
Born 1891, Cardiff, Wales
Born 1885, Norfolk, England
Born 1861, Sussex, England
Born 1877, Mississippi, USA
Born 1922, Kent, England
Born 1900, England
Born 1832, New York, USA
Born 1865, Devon, England
Born 1857, London, England
Married 1813, London, England
Born 1893, Arkansas, USA
Born 1867, Hertfordshire, England
Names inspired by cars aren't always a good idea
Born 1883, Alabama, USA
Born 1858, Virginia, USA
Died 1914, Kentucky, USA
Born 1910, California, USA
Married 1860, England
Born 1890, Iowa, USA
Born 1900, Washington, USA
Born 1880, Puerto Rico
Just because they look good enough to eat, doesn't mean they should be named after food
Born 1830, Virginia, USA
Born 1859, Mississippi, USA
Born1876, Virginia, USA
Born 1968, North Carolina, USA
Born 1893, Essex, England
Born 1840, Northamptonshire, England
Born 1900, Ohio, USA
Born 1842, Lincolnshire, England
Born 1859, Georgia, USA
Born 1852, Canada
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