In the Congolese city of Mbandaka, inventive Christians are making baby names out of acronyms for religious expressions.
Here are a few examples:
- Glotogo, based on “glory to God”
- Jesovic, based on “Jesus our victory”
- Thabetogo, based on “thanks be to God”
- Thevogo, based on “the voice of God”
- Wonplago, based on “wonderful plan of God”
What’s fueling the trend?
Parents worry that “using an ancestor’s name (the Congolese traditional way) or the name of someone who has done something bad could somehow influence their child’s character.”
Hence inventing a name gives the child a clean slate, and if the name is Bible-inspired, this can only bring him or her good luck.
There’s also “a sort of competition between parents to find the most imaginative and creative Bible-inspired acronym to name their newborns.”
(A competition? To find the most creative baby name? Why does that sound so familiar…can’t quite put my finger on it…)
It’s not always easy to use these names, though. Some parents have had problems registering their babies’ names with the government, which is “not so accepting” of the new trend.