For every Kiraku Farkelife Tomii there are a million John Smiths who are very tricky to track down on Google.
It could be worse though. Imagine trying to Google someone whose name is Google. Because now there’s someone called exactly that.
Ella Karin and her husband Andi Cahya Saputra wanted to think of a name that would give their second child a leg-up in life.
So the little lad has been registered as Google.
“From religion, we considered the names of the prophet, and from the more usual names, we also considered Albar Dirgantara Putra,” Google’s dad said.
“But when he was finally born, something in my heart told me the name Albar Dirgantara Putra wouldn’t suit him. At last, I took a name from the technology category.”
“When he was finally born, something in my heart told me the name Albar Dirgantara Putra wouldn’t suit him”
Andi Cahya Saputra
Father Andi, 31, says he first thought about giving their first son a name inspired by technology when his wife was in her seventh month of pregnancy.
He told reports he was considering names such as “Windows, iPhone, Microsoft and iOS” among others, as well as the more traditional Albar Dirgantara Putra.
However, when the tot was born, the proud dad decided to name him Google, without a surname, but he says it took a while for loved ones, including the boy’s own mother, to become accustomed to the bizarre name.
Local media in the regency of Bekasi, in south-western Indonesia’s West Java Province report mother Ella, 27, would tell people the boy’s name was “baby boy” when she was asked in the first three months after his birth.
Father Andi says he told his own father that the name Google has an important meaning because he hopes his son can “help” lots of people and be “a useful person” for others. He says despite his own dad’s misgiving s he refused to give the tot a surname because it would dilute “the essence” of his name:
“I told my father, ‘Pak, Google has a great meaning, because I hope Google can help many people, become a useful person to others,’” Andi said.
The name has reportedly grown on Google’s mother, who says she hopes her son will become “a leader” of “many people”.
Naming your child after a search engine may seem ridiculous but think about it. It didn’t do Bing Crosby any harm.