A MOM has revealed she almost was unable to name her daughter what she wanted because it would have been deemed illegal.
She explained that the government didn’t believe her daughter’s name was even real.
Sam (@samincuenca) shared the story with over 70,000 TikTok followers.
The mom explained that she had moved from New York to Ecuador in 2020 after her husband was deported.
A year later, her daughter was born and she followed the standard procedure in the new country, going to the Civil Registry to register her daughter’s birth.
“Imagine my surprise when I’m sitting home with my baby, almost a month post-partum when my husband calls me from the Civil Registry and he says they said her name’s not a name,” she said.
“I was not giving this name up. Her name is Mila, just Mila, but they said this was a derivative of names like Camila.”
After hours of arguing with the people at the registry, Sam even had to go down to the office with her baby in the middle of a pandemic to get the situation resolved.
“Turns out because I’m a foreigner, we can basically name the baby whatever we wanted,” she said.
She explained that although she was lucky due to her citizenship, others who were from Ecuador had told her this was quite normal and they’ve had to change their children’s names too.
People took to the comments to share their takes on the Ecuadorian naming system.
Some believed that their own countries should take some notes: “Honestly I think they need to do at least a bit more of this in the US with some of these names lately,” said one commenter.
Others shared their own naming stories: “My friend’s dad forgot the name when he got to the civil registry, so he has 2 daughters with the same name,” said one viewer.
“Same dad wanted to name me Stephanie but Ecuador was like NO, it will be Estefania lmao, they changed it when I got to the US,” shared another.