Expectant Mom Is Graciously Allowing Her Baby Name To Be Chosen By An Online Vote

unusual baby namesI used to complain to my parents that they weren’t very original. You see the name they chose for me, Jennifer, was also the number one girl’s name for the year I was born. In fourth grade there were two other Jennifers in my class, which made Red Rover a very confusing game.  Maybe my parents should have been more resourceful and asked others to help in choosing a name for me. Of course there was no Internet back then but they could have put an ad in the paper asking people to mail them suggestions. Luckily for Natasha Hill of Los Angeles, the Internet does exist and can and will be used to name her unborn child.

Hill has agreed to take part in a public vote on the Internet to name her baby. She will not only receive what I’m sure will be an unusual moniker but also $5000. Now I know $5000 is a lot of money but I don’t think it’s enough to let someone choose what your child will be called for the rest of their life. Hill disagrees:

”I just thought it was a really cool idea,” said Hill, an art teacher who works with young children. ”I found it when I was online looking for baby names on different websites.”

Hill, who lives in West Los Angeles, was one of 80 women who entered the contest, which was sponsored by a Texas based company called Belly Ballot

Belly Ballot is a website that allows expectant mothers to choose their top five names and send them to friends and family for a vote. Of course the Mother does not have to actually use the name that wins. As part of this contest however, Hill will not have that option and she seems quite excited about it.

Hill, nervous enough about the baby and now the name, has decided not to check the website to even see what appellations wind up on the final list.

”I’m afraid if I look at them I’ll get my favorite one,” said Hill, who had previously considered names including Katorah (no, she doesn’t know what it means) and Winter. ”And then I’ll be disappointed.”

Katorah and Winter? Maybe this isn’t such a bad idea after all.

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