It seems tougher and tougher to come up with a truly unique and not cringe-worthy baby name nowadays—we are accustomed to names like Tshepo, Mandisa, Rajesh and Piet. But one Zeerust dad managed to come up with a pretty bizzare pick for his son, even though his wife wasn’t happy about it.
Maud Ncgobo, the mom, had to seek intervention from the family after her husband, Andile Ncgobo indicatated that he wanted to name their two week old son after the entire Bafana Bafana soccer team of 1996 popularly known for winning the Africa Cup of nations. The son was to be named Doctor Andre Roger John Mark Edward Sizwe David Lucas Neil Andrew Linda Augustine Helman John Zane Eric Shaun Philemon Daniel Ncgobo. That’s an astonishing TWENTY names.
Maud was however livid of the idea and at first thought her husband was joking around but noticed he was serious when they visited the Zeerast Home Affairs to register their new born son. The incensed woman dragged her husband out of the office hoping to knock some sense into him but Andile could have none of it, he wanted his son to be named Doctor Andre Roger John Mark Edward Sizwe David Lucas Neil Andrew Linda Augustine Helman John Zane Eric Shaun Philemon Daniel Ncgobo and that was final.
Seeing no end to the tale, Maud made a rush to the police in the hope that the ywould intervene and only then did Andile say he would reconsider his choice of name. This wasn’t after the police had rolled in laughter at the peculiar case before them.
“This is the first time something like this happened”, the policesaid, “Aaron is known to be an avid Bafana Bafana fan and hot headed but we never thought it would lead to this,, imagine teaching your child to write his name” the police narrated amidst giggles before adding, “Even the Guptas cannot allow this”.
After all was said and done, the couple decided to name their new bundle of joy, Setarip(Andile convinced Maud that this was a Hebrew name meaning Star) and it was only AFTER they had taken the birth certificate that Andile revealed the boy’s name is Pirates spelled backward. Andile is also an avid Orlando Pirates supporter.