Internet gets to name a real baby, 'Cthulhu' is top contender
An adventurous couple has signed on to let the Internet suggest and vote on baby names for their soon-to-arrive daughter.
Many prospective parents troll the Internet looking for potential baby names. Reddit user digitalgecko (real name Stephen McLaughlin) just took it to the natural next step and is asking the Internet at large to handle the naming duties for his unborn daughter. Yes, his wife knows and (apparently) agreed to the project.
McLaughlin built out a site at NameMyDaughter.com where visitors can submit names and vote on their favorites. The baby is due April 2. Two top contenders at the moment are "Amelia All-Spark McLaughlin," which certainly has a nice ring to it, and "Cthulhu All-Spark McLaughlin."
Apparently All-Spark for a middle name is a hands-down favorite.
I'm trying to decide which frontrunner name to throw my voting power behind. On one hand, "Chtulhu" has a dark and terrible power to it that hints at might and madness emanating from the watery depths. The parents might even get away with calling her "Lulu" for a nickname. Plus, most people have no idea where that name comes from, though the geek community in general gets it.
On the other hand, "Amelia" is the name of recent, beloved "Doctor Who" companion Amelia Pond. It has a much higher degree of social acceptance and also echoes Amelia Earhart, one of the greatest women in history. So, despite my Lovecraft love, I'll have to go with "Amelia." The middle name is no-contest, though. It's "All-Spark" all the way.
Because Internet users are not to be trusted (note other top names like "Megatron," "Not Zelda," and "Slagathor"), the parents are reserving the right to make the final decision. "Alas my daughter shall not be named WackyTaco692. Sorry guys the wife wouldn't go for a free for all," McLaughlin writes.
Votes are still being taken, so there is time to have your opinion heard. Who knows, perhaps we'll all be welcoming a bouncy baby "Stormageddon Batman McLaughlin" into the world soon.