The couple was able to set aside money for their child to buy a car or take driving lessons later in life through a unique scheme.
You would have heard your share of absurd and outlandish names in your time, right? For instance, tech billionaire Elon Musk and singer Grimes named their child X Æ A-12 Musk, Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple Martin, and Frank Zappa named his kids Moon Unit, Dweezil, and Diva Thin Muffin. Sometimes, even us normal folks get inspired by celebrities and give strange names to their kids. However, one such couple had a very practical reason for doing it.
A couple, aged 30 and 35, who wants to remain anonymous, recently became new parents to a daughter. They were able to set aside money for their child to buy a car or take driving lessons later in life through a unique scheme. They saw an ad by a Swiss internet provider, Twifi, which said that if they named their child after the company, they would get free WiFi for 18 years.
Initially, when the dad saw the ad, he thought it was a joke until the company said that they were earnest. The company wanted couples to name their sons Twifius and daughter Twifia. "Simply upload a photo of your child's civil birth certificate. After verification, Twifi will give you 18 years of free internet," the company said, according to Mirror UK. While the proposal was absurd, the couple went for it.
The name grew on them slowly as it was unique. "The longer I thought about it, the more unique the name became for me, and that was when the thing got its charm," the dad said, as reported by Kidspot. His wife was hesitant in the beginning, but she too accepted it eventually.
"It's his child too. And for me, the name Twifia also stands for connection in this context. For an eternal bond!" she said. "There are much worse names. And the more often we say 'Twifia', the heartier the name sounds!" she said.
The couple gave "Twifia" as the third name to their daughter, but refuse to reveal the first two as they feel somewhat embarrassed. "We want to remain anonymous to those around us because we don't want to justify ourselves. Because the accusation of having sold our child's name hits us very hard. We are also a little ashamed," they said.
Meanwhile, the wifi company got great publicity out of the incident and its boss Philippe Fotsch promised to pay the couple's internet for 18 years even if his startup goes belly up. "It's a matter of honour," he was reported as saying by Kidspot. The proposal is still open for other new parents.