Baby Name Hoaxes – Barack, Yahoo, Yasir

Barack ObamaMonday’s post mentioned fake requests for baby names, so today let’s continue the theme and talk about fake baby names.

I know of three:

1. Carter Barack Obama Sealy

In November, 2008, Colorado father Roger Sealy told the Boulder Daily Camera that his newborn son was named Carter Barack Obama Sealy. He added that his older children were named Brooke Trout Sealy and Cooper John Elway Sealy. The children’s grandmother ratted him out — the kids were actually Brooke Emma, Cooper Jacob and Carter Thomas. Roger’s wife told the paper: “My husband’s an idiot.” (Source: Museum of Hoaxes, Denver News)

2. Lucian Yahoo Dragoman

In January, 2005, reporter Ion Garnod of the Romanian tabloid Libertatea fabricated a story about a Romanian baby that had been given the middle name Yahoo because his parents had met one another online. The story was picked up by Reuters and broadcast internationally. The reporter was later fired. (Sources: Snopes, The Register)

3. Yasir Arafat Colbert

In February, 1975, Philadelphia father Robert Colbert admitted that his baby boy was not named Yasir Arafat Colbert. In fact, he didn’t even have a baby boy. The baby picture he had sent to the Palestinian guerrilla leader — part of a ploy to get Arafat’s autograph — was an old photo of Colbert’s 12-year-old son. U.S. newspapers picked up the story after Lebanese newspapers printed both the letter and the photo, along with Arafat’s response. (Source: “Naming of Philly Boy for Arafat a Ruse.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11 Feb. 1975: 5)

Know of any others?


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