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Man Names His Newborn After Public Service Job

People name their children strange things for all sorts of reasons.

Whether it’s to stand out in a crowd, follow a family tradition or because your mother is Gwyneth Paltrow and she just really loves Apples.

Slamet ‘Yoga’ Wahyudi from Indonesia recently named his son something that could definitely fit into the ‘unusual’ category.

Yoga had reportedly agreed with his pregnant wife that if she gave birth to a son he would be allowed to choose the newborn’s name. After she did give birth to a baby boy in December last year, Yoga chose to pay tribute to his beloved workplace and named his son ‘Department of Statistical Communication’.

The irony of naming someone who cannot yet speak or move ‘Communication’ has not gone unnoticed.

Yoga told local news site Kompas that his wife, 33-year-old Ririn Linda Tunggal Sari, was on board with the decision with him. He was quoted saying that his wife did not mind despite the name sounding strange at first.

I wonder: if Sari gives birth to a daughter in the future, will she get to name the child? If so I expect the baby girl might be named ‘My Husband is Way Too Devoted to his Work’.

Yes, ‘Department of Statistical Communication’ is a rather odd choice but we should all be grateful for the kid that his dad didn’t work at ‘Sewage Treatment Plant’ or ‘Sole Trader Gasfitter’.

It is not clear if the Indonesian authorities have accepted the unconventional name. Like most countries there is most likely a banned names list.

Australia has banned many names, most of which are job titles such as:

  • Captain
  • Chief
  • Dame
  • Prime Minister
  • Judge
  • Duke

Then there are some names on the banned list purely to stop people having fun, here are just a few:

  • Bonghead
  • D**head
  • Ikea
  • iMac
  • Medicare

I think Bonghead would make a wonderful name for a kid who wants to learn at a young age how to rise above stereotypes.

Yoga revealed that his little ‘Department of Statistical Communication’ will go by the more easily pronounceable ‘Dinko’ in his day-to-day life, in an apparent act of compromise.

Good luck, Dinko!