Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. We know that the recent, weeks-long period of social distancing / self-isolation / quarantine / lockdown / what have you has taken its toll on all of us, mentally and physically and spiritually. And while we never want to be the ones to raise an eyebrow at another parent’s choices, we have to admit: The recent choice of one couple to name their lockdown-born babies Covid and Corona has us…well, certainly raising an eyebrow.
The babies in question are a pair of different-sex twins born during the night of March 26-27 in Raipur, India, The New Indian Express reports. The publication added that the parents chose the names as reminders of the hardships the family has overcome by welcoming these kids into the world amid India’s national lockdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“I was blessed with the twins — a boy and a girl — in the early hours on March 27,” Preeti Verma, the twins’ mom, told Press Trust of India. “We have named them Covid and Corona for now.” Wait, for now?! Does that mean they’re waiting to find out how long the pandemic lasts or something? Are they going to switch the kids’ names to plain-old Priya and Rahul once we’re in the clear? I mean, we wouldn’t blame them. But honestly, we have so many questions. And Verma does have a few answers.
“The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable,” she told the publication. “Indeed the virus is dangerous and life-threatening but its outbreak made people focus on sanitation, hygiene and inculcate other good habits. Thus, we thought about these names. When the hospital staff also started calling the babies as Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic.”
Bold move, Preeti. Bold move. But hey, if Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag got away with naming their son Gunnar on the day of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, babies named after a pandemic honestly seem tame in comparison.
If you’re in the market for an, um, less controversial baby name, here are the top baby names in over 20 countries around the world.