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Kenyan mom names twins Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: Other bizarre baby names inspired by famous people


No matter where you live in the world, chances are you know the names Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and now that the election is over, chances are also pretty good that you'd like to get on with things and perhaps let the months-long battle that was the 2012 election fade into the recesses of your memory.

Not so for 20-year-old new mom Millicent Owuor. The young Kenyan woman wants to keep the memory of the 2012 election fresh in her mind so much, that she named her newborn twins Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Yup, you read that right. There is a Kenyan baby named Mitt Romney and he has a brother named Barack Obama.

Will they get along? It doesn't look promising.

Millicent Owuor, 20, shows off her newborn twins named after Barack Obama, left, and Mitt Romney. (Reuters)Also see: Will Hurricane Sandy cause a mini-baby boom?

Naming your child after a famous person seems to place a certain pressure on that child to live up to the name (Obama) — or to spend a lifetime trying to escape the association (Romney). Be that as it may, it hasn't stopped many a parent before Owuor from bestowing celebrity names on their newborns.

Last year we told you about little Eleanor Roosevelt Mason and her sister, Amelia Earhart Mason, whose parents named them after historic American women because they wanted to give the girls names that could be "one more tool in their back pockets."

Reader comments on that story revealed that choosing celebrity names is more common than you might think. We heard about little Charles Darwin, Christopher Reeve ("My Superman") and Grace Kelly.

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On the parenting forum, moms and moms-to-be shared some of their celebrity-inspired name choices, including Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee's son) and Thomas Edison. One woman gave her son the middle name Swayze, but didn't go all the way and make his first name Patrick. ("No one puts baby in the corner!").

But these examples all pale in comparison to little Mitt and Obama, who in a decade or so will no doubt be standing behind a pair of homemade mini podiums, duking it out over whose turn it is to ratify the constitution. And when poor Millicent Owuor yells at them to go play in the grass with the other kids, instead of obsessing over the wording of their next stump speech, she'll have no one to blame but herself. 

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