The company that produced the bestselling Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim videogame held a contest that promised any parents who had a child on Skyrim's release date, 11/11/11, and named the kid Dovahkiin, after Skyrim's main character, would get a lifetime of free games. And wouldn't you know it, someone went for it.
And so Megan and Eric Kellermeyer named their son Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer and will receive a lifetime of free videogames produced by Bethesda Softworks. Mom seemed to be the driving force behind the unconventional choice:
"We've toyed with Dovahkiin and the ramifications of naming a child that name, and that name being based on a video game character (however awesome), and what impact that would have on him. But the more I thought of it, the more I settled on Dovahkiin, contest or no. ... He will have a perfectly normal and common middle name if the first name becomes too much for him or us or we just want to call him a nickname."
You know what? Power to them. Sure, they allowed their child to be a part of a videogame company's marketing campaign, proving that anything is for sale, if the price is right. But there is also a professional football player named D'Brickashaw Ferguson—and I'll bet his parents didn't get anything for choosing that name.
And if you're not familiar with the awesomeness that is Skyrim, here's the trailer: