In a magazine, the mom from Australia's Gold Coast admitted that she wanted to name her baby girl Kaitlyn, but hated the name’s popularity. As a result, her husband came up with a solution.
“My husband suggested we replace the ‘ait’ with the Roman numeral symbol for eight!” she wrote. “Now our daughter is truly unique.”
A photo of the magazine clipping was posted to Reddit on Thursday and has already racked up over 300 comments. In the thread, many users were quick to voice their disapproval of the parents’ name choice.
“Kreaytiv spelling at its finest, because every child should be yooneek in every way,” one Redditor sarcastically wrote.
Another said: “This is a joke right. Who puts Roman numerals in a name. Ah well I guess it’s better than K8lin.”
Despite this, one user argued that the mom’s unique spelling won’t really make a difference in the long run, since people tend to shorten given names. “I don't know if all schools do this, but I know a lot of them will use a simplified spelling or shortened form of the name for rolls if the name is really weird (so for example, with the name above, it'd be ‘Kate’ on the rolls),” the Redditor said.
"In Australia, parents have the freedom to choose any name they please, as long as it is not offensive."
Others also noted that the mom’s creative spelling was unnecessary considering how many variations of the name there already are. Kaitlin, Katelyn, Caitlin and Caitlyn are just a few.
In Australia, parents have the freedom to choose any name they please, as long as it is not offensive. The name also cannot make a phrase or statement, contain a title (such as King), or contain symbols, such as a question mark. This means that KVIIIlyn is an acceptable moniker.
Using Roman numerals in baby names is not a trend among parents. However, we have seen Beyoncé and Jay-Z think along similar lines when they named their daughter Blue Ivy. Following her birth in 2012, it was revealed that the couple chose Ivy as a play on the Roman numeral for four, IV, which is meaningful to them.
Depending on a country's baby name laws, Roman numerals may or may not be prohibited. In Canada, for instance, where parents have the freedom to choose any name, some provinces can use Roman numerals, such as Alberta, while others cannot, such as B.C.
Baby name laws vary around the world. Flip through the slideshow below to see which countries are the strictest.
In Iceland, parents must choose a baby name from a list of 1,853 female names and 1,712 male names. If they do not, they must seek permission from a special committee. Monikers must meet certain grammar restrictions and must contain letters in the Icelandic alphabet. The names are also required to be gender specific and cannot be an embarrassment to the child. Banned: Harriet (cannot be conjugated in Icelandic) and Duncan (the letter “c” is not recognized in the Icelandic alphabet) Approved: Bambi, Elvis
All baby names in New Zealand must be approved by the government. According to CNN, they “must not cause offense to a reasonable person, not be unreasonably long and should not resemble an official title and rank.” Banned: Lucifer, King, Anal, 4Real, Messiah Approved: Benson, Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence
Swedish law requires the government to approve all baby names. The law states: “First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name.” Banned: Superman, Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced “Albin”) Approved: Lego, Google (as a middle name)
Local authorities can reject a name if they deem it inappropriate. Babies are also only allowed one given name and one surname. Banned: Akuma (meaning “devil”)
Denmark has extremely strict rules for naming children. Parents must choose from a list of 7,000 pre-approved boy and girl names. If couples want to choose a name that’s not on the list, they must first get special permission from their church and then the name is reviewed by government officials. Baby names must reflect gender and cannot be unusual. Surnames cannot be first names and generally, creative spelling of common monikers are often rejected. Banned: Anus, Pluto, Monkey Approved: Benji, Jiminico, Fee
German names must be gender obvious and cannot cause future embarrassment or ridicule for the child. Surnames, names of object or products cannot be used as first names. If the name a couple chooses is rejected by the government, parents can appeal. However, if the parents lose the appeal, they must choose a different moniker. Banned: Osama Bin Laden, Matti (sex of baby is not obvious), Schroeder, Kohl Approved: Legolas, Nemo
Parents have freedom to choose any name they wish unless the moniker interferes with the child’s best interests. After parents register their child's birth certificate, the registrar will notify legal officials of any questionable names. The family may be taken to court and ordered to change the child's name. Banned: Nutella, Strawberry Approved: Fraisine
Chinese parents are required to choose names with characters that computer scanners can read. This makes it easy for scanners to read national identification cards. Additionally, numbers and non-Chinese symbols and characters are not allowed. Banned: “@” (@ is pronounced “ai-ta” in Chinese, which is close to the phrase that means “love him.” The parents liked the meaning of this symbol)
Portuguese parents must choose a moniker from a list of approved baby names. These monikers were chosen by the Institute of Registration. Banned: Mona Lisa, Aaron Approved: Abdénago, Noel
Mexico bans names that are considered “derogatory, pejorative, discriminatory or lacking in meaning.” Their goal is to protect children from being bullied in the future. Banned: Lady Di, Circumcision, Rolling Stone