Baby name story: Griezmann Mbappé

Teodora Pacaje and baby Griezmann Mbappé Chambi Pacaje (Jan. 2022).
Teodora holding Griezmann Mbappé

The first baby born in the Chilean city of Copiapó in 2022 was a boy named Griezmann Mbappé in honor of French soccer players Antoine Griezmann (pronounced an-twahn gree-ez-man) and Kylian Mbappé (pronounced kee-lee-ahn em-bah-pay).

The baby was born at Copiapó Regional Hospital at around 9 pm on New Year’s Day.

Here’s how his mother, Teodora Pacaje, explained the name to local reporters: “We love football. I chose the first name and his dad gave him the name Mbappé.”

Ironically, the parents of the initial baby named Griezmann Mbappé — born in south-west France in late 2018 — were forced by a judge to rename him in nearly 2019. (They chose “Dany Noé.”)

Sources: Parents name baby after favourite footballers but people fear he will be bullied, Servicio Salud Atacama on Twitter, Griezmann: not just a poster boy, French couple barred from calling son Griezmann Mbappe after football heroes
Image: @SSaludAtacama

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