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Baby’s Unbelievable Name Causes Serious Controversy: Should His Parents Change It?

PUBLISHED ON 01/03/2014

Football fans, this one's for you. Proud parents Summer and Steven Steele chose a unique, lovable name for their newborn son as a nod to their favorite college sports team, the University of Alabama. Their baby boy, born on December 17th, was named Krimson Tyde Steele, a sweet reminder of the college football program mom and dad know and love. Baby Krimson joins big brothers Trenton and Dawson.

Now, I know what you're thinking, but for Summer and Steven, it was quite shocking when the rest of the Alabama fandom rained down insults on their sweet little boy's name choice. (Also, why has no one made a period joke yet?) The picture that appeared in the newspapers announcing Krimson's birth, and which was subsequently posted to Twitter, sent off a spark of online mockery that both mom and dad were totally not ready for. "I'm shocked," said Summer, "I didn't think that people would make a very big deal about it."

"The reason we named him Krimson is that we are big Alabama fans, and it is a very unique name and we loved it," she added. And they're not the only ones. In 2012, 76 girls were born in the US with the same moniker, only with different spellings: Crimson, Krimson and Krymson topped the list. Thirty-five of the babes blessed with the name were born in Alabama. However, only nine boys were bestowed the Krimson honor.

Despite all the online ridicule, the Steele's have found support in maybe the most likely of places: from a dad with children named Crimson Tide and Alliegh Bama (get it?). Shane Broadhurst, daddy to Crimson and Alliegh, told All Alabama, "I would definitely say to fulfill their fantasy. Stay Alabama fans and live every day to the fullest. I hate that they're (the Steele family) having to go through that and hear a bunch of crap. You should be able to name your young'un what you want. Alabama football seems to keep us strong," Broadhurst said. "It keeps us focused on what we need to get done. It's more than football to us - it's a family. We're severely die-hard Alabama."

He added some final words of wisdom for the Steele bunch, saying, "Don't worry about what other people say. People are going to hate Alabama because we're such a good team. I would tell them to not let it get to them. Be Bama fans as hard as they can be and live their life and Roll Tide."

Do you think parents should be more "thoughtful" when picking a baby name?