$1700 to ensure your name is right
A firm is offering parents-to-be a chance to check the meaning of names in other languages so that their kids don’t have embarrassing names.
November 21, 2009 8:14 by kippreport
A London-based company, Today Translations, is offering parents-to-be the chance to check the meaning of baby names in other languages, so that their kids don’t end up having names with weird meanings, reports Reuters.
The firm gives the example of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes whose daughter’s name Suri means “pickpocket” in Japanese, “turned sour” in French, and “horse mackerels” in Italian.
But the service doesn’t come cheap; a “basic name translation audit” of names costs $1,678.
The firm says that it expects that the service will attract more celebrity clients, who prefer giving their babies unusual names.
If it means we have to spend $1,700 to find out that our baby’s name means garbage in some remote African language, we don’t care. He or she can be called garbage. It’ll help build his or her character.