From Dovahkiin Kellermeyer to Warzone Machuca Gutiérrez and back.
Unusual names have always been a source of curiosity. Just a few months ago, businessman and billionaire Elon Musk turned heads when he named his son X Æ A-12, but thanks to popular culture, you don’t have to go that far to break the norm and one of the easiest ways To do so is by baptizing a baby with the name of a character from a movie, television series or, of course, a video game.
Game of Thrones brought the debate to the table, again, but there is record of people named after Batman, Superman, and more.
Well, this week, news came from Mexico of a father who proudly boasted his son’s name, inspired by nothing more and nothing less than Activision’s battle-royale Warzone. Needless to say, this is not the first time something similar has been heard and it probably won’t be the last. It is not exclusive to video games either, but here we are going to focus on parents who named their children after video games and made it to the headlines.
Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer by The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim In 2011, for the premiere of Skyrim, Bethesda launched an advertising campaign that would reward the parents of that baby named Dovahkiin, that is, as the protagonist of the game, and was born on the day of the premiere, that is: November 11, 2011. The scheduled date arrived and there was a couple who accepted the challenge and took a lifetime prize of games from Bethesda. Fortunately, as a middle name they went for Tom, so there would be an alternative.
Kain from Final Fantasy IV In 2016 the story of a young couple who met in Final Fantasy XI came to light. They formed a relationship, got married, and had a son they named Kain, after Kain Highwind from Final Fantasy IV. “Square Enix and Final Fantasy will continue to be part of my family life in the near future. I am very excited to share it with him,” said the father to the American media Kotaku.
Honor of Kings for the mobile game of the same name China is the origin point of many interesting video game stories and this one is no exception. In 2017, the Chinese newspaper The Paper reported the case of a couple who named their daughter “Gloria del Rey” in honor of the Honor of Kings game which, in China, is also known as King’s Glory or Gloria del Rey.
Aeris from Final Fantasy VII After shuffling options like Misty from Pokémon, Mark named his daughter after one of the most iconic female characters in the world of video games, Aeris. After all, Final Fantasy VII had been a watershed in her life and, as a practical matter, Aeris is also called Hana, so the baby will have an alternative if she does not share her father’s taste for games, according to a report. of Kotaku.
Zelda Rae Williams by The Legend of Zelda There are those who think that the name is in honor of Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of writer Scott Fitzgerald, but the actor Robin Williams himself, may he rest in peace, clarified that he named his daughter in honor of the character of The Legend of Zelda, as it was very fan of the saga. As a child, Zelda Williams was bullied because of her name, but as she grew older, she became appreciative of how special she was.
Warzone Machuca Gutiérrez by Call of Duty Warzone Anyone who has doubts about the game that has marked the last year, only has to analyze this case. A man named Eddie Machuca, a native of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, revealed this week that he named his son Warzone Muneño Machuca Gutiérrez, in honor of Activision’s successful battle-royale.
Zacian from Pokémon Sword and Shield At the end of last year, the TimesNowNews portal reported the case of a man who jokingly suggested the name Zacian for his future nephew. The subject explained to the family that the word means “sword” in Japanese, and since the sister was looking for an unusual name, she accepted it. It should be noted that pokémon names for real people star in multiple stories like this one, including one in Veracruz, Mexico, where they tried to baptize a baby as Pikachu, but the authorities persuaded the mother not to do so.
Goku Ceferino Expósito García for Dragon Ball Although the origin of the name is in anime, its trajectory in video games is extremely abundant. The story dates back to 2015, when the Spanish media Verne reported the case of Pilar and Juan Carlos, a couple from Barcelona and Madrid, who named their son Goku, albeit with Ceferino as a middle name, to honor the memory of his paternal grandfather.