Teacher Left Stunned After Discovering One of Her Students Is Named After a Punctuation Mark
Parents can get excited and give their children weird names. Even with the unique names, we can often tell what inspired them. The child has to live with the name whether they like it or not, though. A teacher on Reddit was left stunned when she found out that a student is named '...' after a punctuation mark (we wish this was a joke). We genuinely can't guess if these parents made a lot of effort to think of such a name or didn't put in any effort at all. After reading her class register and discovering a student with a punctuation mark for a name, the teacher was predictably stunned, per Mirror.
According to her, the student's parents legally named him '...,' which is pronounced Ellipsis (yes, a series of three dots/periods). However, rather than going by Ellipsis, the child prefers to be called Ell and writes this as his name on his schoolwork. The teacher asked his parents why they chose to name him Ellipsis and spell it with symbols rather than words. The parents surely have left Elon Musk behind when it comes to naming children. While writing on Reddit, the teacher shared, "I once had a kid that was legally called '...'. His parents thought they were really clever. It's just inconsiderate in my opinion. At a parents' evening, I asked them about it. They said something about it representing his unlimited potential for greatness." It surely has made it to the top of the list of unique names...
One Reddit user commented on the student's name, saying, "My aunt is a school attendance secretary and one of the kids in the district (inner city), I kid you not, was named: Wise-Intelligent Supreme-God," (talk about scope for God complex). "I did an exam and one of the guys who was trying to join the same college as I was called Xenocrates - beautiful name man," shared another user. "My cousin teaches high school math and he had a student whose parent spelled her name with Roman numerals - Caitlin spelled Cviiilyn," added a user. A user even joked (hopefully), "I'm going to name my kids ______. It's the ultimate clean slate."
When it comes to naming their children in America, parents have a lot of leeways, with rules varying from state to state. A US Birth Certificate statement read, "While the United States of America has somewhat lax naming laws, there are still some names that you aren't allowed to use for a child. While these differ from state to state, having a numeral in your name is mostly not allowed. Some states also limit the number of characters that can be used, as well as the inclusion of pictograms, obscenity, foreign characters, symbols, emojis, or any offensive language. Certain states also forbid the use of accents and/or non-English letters, which is often times due to the inability of their information systems to process vital records including these characters." Parents in Kentucky can name their children whatever they want whereas parents in California are not allowed to use accents. However, as Elon Musk and Grimes demonstrated when naming their child X AE A-XII, the Golden State still allows parents to include hyphens and apostrophes in their baby names.