It's not uncommon for couples to have a hard time choosing a name for their baby. In the old days, couples who argued over a name choice might poll family and friends to help them make a selection. But now that social media has made the whole world one big community, one couple has decided to take their baby-naming argument to the Internet. That's right, the world will choose the name for this baby. And the two options we (yes, all of us) have to choose from couldn't be more different.
Nicholas Soukeras wants his child to be named after his Grecian father, Spyridon. His wife, Kseniya, champions a simpler name, Michael, after her late father. "I don't want to call my son something I can't even pronounce," the future mom who is from Belarus said in an interview with the New York Post.
Nicholas decided to take the battle online. He started an online petition entitled, "Godly Right to Name First-Born Son Spyridon." Nicholas claims that if the petition does not gather enough signatures, he will drop his case. But if it does, he will see this as a sign to pursue his name choice, Spyridon.
Just how many signatures is enough? “I’ll settle for 100,000 — this is an approximate population of my hometown, Maladzyechna,” said Kseniya.
Nicholas argues in his petition that his wife's "Russian ear" is not trained to hear "the sweet, musical sounds of our Greek nomenclature,” and thus she is unable to appreciate his preferred name choice. “The petitioner’s wife is a native of the Republic of Belarus and has been exposed to such barbaric names as Arman, Osip, Igor, Rurik, Ruslan, Artem, Vadim and Zoran (to name a few) throughout her Soviet childhood,” the petition reads.
To further bolster his point, Nicholas shares some of the noble history behind the name Spyridon:
“Had President Nixon resigned a mere ten months earlier, in fact, the 38th President of the United States would have been Spyridon Theodoros Agnew . . . Additionally, the current President of Russia, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, can claim that his paternal grandfather, Spiridon Ivanovich Putin . . . was the personal chef to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin himself,” he declares.
The couple told the New York Post that while the petition began as an inside joke, the dispute over the name choice is definitely real.
“The argument is serious — it’s not a joke,” Kseniya confirmed.
So, what's your vote? Spyridon or Michael? As of this writing, Nicholas had just shy of 3,000 signatures on his petition. but he does have until August — the baby's due — to gather more support.
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