Debunked: Did a couple in California really name their baby with an emoji?

Vicki Newman October 15, 2022
Debunked: Did a couple in California really name their baby with an emoji?


While lots of people want to give their baby a unique name, an emoji could be a step too far. Rumors of a California couple naming their baby with an emoji have surfaced online, but thankfully it’s not true.

A report has suggested a couple from Berkeley had named their baby 😍😍😍 – which would be pronounced “Heart eyes emoji heart eyes emoji heart eyes emoji”.

But don’t worry, this unfortunate name has not been given to a child.

Rumor of California couple naming their baby with emoji

The rumor seems to have started after a report on the satirical news site Pretty Cool Site.

A tag line on the site reads “News for the dumb, jokes for the wise”, but unfortunately, not everyone reading this story realized it was fake.

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There’s also a disclaimer on the website which reads: “This is a fake news site and it has to be treated as a joke!”

The story even includes an image of a birth certificate that claims a newborn was named 😍😍😍 Reiner.

A made-up quote from officials explaining why they had allowed the name and fake comments from the parents were also included.

“They’re going to envy my daughter’s glamorous pretty name,” the mother was quoted saying.

The site took the joke even further by saying the parents were planning on changing their surname to #yolo – as in the motto ‘you only live once’.

But no, of course, none of this is true.

No, a couple didn’t name their child an emoji

Contrary to what the satirical report suggests, special characters are not universally accepted on birth certificates.

In California, the law permits only the “26 alphabetical characters of the English language” as well as the “appropriate” use of standard punctuation such as hyphens.

And in fact, California’s official Birth Registration Handbook specifically states that “pictographs” are not considered acceptable entries on a birth certificate.

The handbook also prohibits the use of ideograms and diacritical marks.

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Elon Musk had similar issues

Back in 2020, Elon Musk and Grimes had announced their new son’s name was X Æ A-12.

But despite them being able to call their baby by whatever name they want, he couldn’t legally be called that.

Since symbols and numbers are not allowed on birth certificates in California, there’s no way the birth certificate could have been filled out with this name.

At the time, Elon appeared to confirm how to pronounce the name by liking a tweet where someone had guessed it was “X Ash Archangel”.

Grimes explained the name, tweeting: “X, the unknown variable.

“Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence).”

She added: “A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent.

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“A=Archangel, my favorite song.”

Cancel culture reaches emojis

The fake news story about baby 😍😍😍 appears to have come off the back of news that Generation Z wants to cancel the thumbs-up emoji.

It’s said that members of Gen Z believe the emoji can be perceived as rude, hostile, or even passive-aggressive.

A conversation about the emoji began on Reddit in a post titled ‘Why NOBODY should be using the ‘thumbs up’ emoji in 2022′.

Many appeared to agree with the post, with one saying: “It’s super rude if someone just sends you a thumbs up”.

And another suggested: “For younger people, the thumbs-up emoji is used to be really passive-aggressive”.

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Vicki is the Deputy Global Editor for Entertainment & Gaming and obsessed with all things showbiz. She was previously an Assistant Showbiz Editor at the Mirror, and is continuing to make a living off the back of her stalker-level knowledge of the Kardashians.