Were Any Babies Named Turok in 2002?

In 2002, Acclaim Entertainment held a baby name contest. The video game company offered $10,000 in savings bonds to the first family to welcome a baby on September 1 and name it “Turok” after a the dinosaur-hunting protagonist of the video game Turok: Evolution, set to be released the same day.

Did anyone take them up on the offer? I don’t know. Acclaim Entertainment went out of business in 2004, so there’s no one around to ask.

I haven’t been able to track down any tykes named Turok, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. After all, plenty of babies are named for video game characters nowadays, and some parents do take name contests seriously. Ten babies were named named Iuma in 2000 because of a contest, for instance.

Do you know anyone named Turok? (If so, was his/her name inspired by this contest?)

Source: “Name your baby ‘Turok,’ win $10,000.” USA Today 28 Aug. 2002.


4 thoughts on “Were Any Babies Named Turok in 2002?

  1. i know someone who has the middle name turok.
    he was born in 1989 so it had nothing to do with this contest.

  2. I know a very nice young man whom was born in 1998 who’s first name is Turok. His mother entered this contest, but the company ended it just after she entered him. Never did get any $$$ and he sure could use it for college and such now.

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