In 1997, Teletubbies debuted in the UK. That same year, Jagdish and Kamlesh Sohpal of Birmingham, England were expecting their second daughter.
They asked their two-year-old Geeta what she’d like to name her baby sister. She replied Laa-Laa, after her favorite Teletubby–the yellow one with the curly antenna.
Apparently they liked Geeta’s suggestion. When the baby arrived in October, she was named Laa-Laa.
And what happened to the namesake of the yellow Teletubby soon after she was born? She developed jaundice. Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morissette might say.
- Out of the mouths of babes and Teletubbies
- “We Named Our Baby After Tubby Laa Laa.” Daily Record 23 Oct. 1997.