I know of two Petals born in 2009. One belongs to chef Jamie Oliver, and the other belongs to Renée Soeterik and Boris Milinkovich of Toronto.
How did the latter Petal get her name? Well, Renee was taking a bath, Boris was brushing his teeth, and they were discussing baby names.
A vase of beautiful mixed flowers, from Boris – sent for no particular reason – sat on a ledge near Renée’s feet. A petal fell on her toe; she said “Petal.”
…and Petal’s what stuck.
Most people think the baby’s name is “charming and unique,” according to Renée, but a few have said it sounds like a stripper name.
What’s your opinion on Petal?