Creative Commons/Lisa Rosario Photography

Creative Commons/Lisa Rosario Photography

The GEM Debate:
Would You Name Your Kid This? (POLL)

Straight from the files of I-can’t-believe-they-came-up-with-THAT-name comes the story of a couple who gave their son, born December 17, 2013, an unusual name. I’ll give you a hint and see if you can figure it out.

The parents are football fans.

They live in Alabama.

They are huge University of Alabama fans.

Any guesses?

If you said “Crimson Tide,” then you are right. Or, in this case, “Krimson Tyde.”

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The parents, Summer and Steven Steele, are surprised by the backlash, which you can read about here.

In a country where people name their children after fruit (Apple), directions (North) and meteorological phenomena (Reignbeau), it’s interesting to see how up-in-arms people are over Krimson Tyde.

Yes, it is unusual. Yes, he will undoubtedly get double takes and eye rolls when he introduces himself to people. But, he will get handshakes and warm smiles, too.

Although Krimson is not a name I would have chosen for any of my children, I love that the parents had their own reasons for choosing a unique name. Now that the Steeles have seen the reaction to their baby’s name, hopefully they will teach him to take pride in it and embrace its uncommonness.

Will young Krimson love or despise his name? Only time will tell.

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What do you think? Is it a good idea or a mistake to give children unconventional names? What do you think of Krimson Tyde? Take the poll and share your thoughts.


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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is managing editor of Good Enough Mother. Read more about Alexis on her blog or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5.