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Teacher left stunned after finding out that a student had a punctuation mark for a name

The teacher revealed that the student's parents legally named him '...,' which is pronounced Ellipsis but the child prefers to be called Ell.

Teacher left stunned after finding out that a student had a punctuation mark for a name
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on July 29, 2023. It has since been updated.

A teacher was astounded when she saw an unusual name on her attendance register. Instead of a name, it was a punctuation mark. She said the student's parents legally named him '...' which is pronounced Ellipsis. But the child prefers to be called Ell and writes this down on his class notes. The teacher couldn't help but ask the parents why they chose the unusual name.

Image Source: Reddit | u/CheesewankMcDickhead
Image Source: Reddit | u/CheesewankMcDickhead


She then took to Reddit and said: "I once had a kid that was legally called '...'. His parents thought they were really clever. It's just inconsiderate in my opinion. On a parent's evening, I asked them about it. They said something about it representing his unlimited potential for greatness." Parents in the United States take many liberties in picking the names of their children. A US Birth Certificate statement even says: "While the United States of America has somewhat lax naming laws, there are still some names that you aren’t allowed to use for a child."

Image Source: Reddit | u/ValiantSerpant
Image Source: Reddit | u/ValiantSerpant


"While these differ from state to state, having a numeral in your name is mostly not allowed. Some states also limit the number of characters that can be used, as well as the inclusion of pictograms, obscenity, foreign characters, symbols, emojis, or any offensive language." "Certain states also forbid the use of accents and/or non-English letters, which is often times due to the inability of their information systems to process vital records including these characters."

Image Source: Reddit | u/umidoo
Image Source: Reddit | u/umidoo


While in Kentucky, parents can name their children whatever they feel like. In California, they are not allowed to use accents. The Golden State still allows parents to include hyphens and apostrophes in their baby names, as Elon Musk and Grimes did when naming their children, X AE A-XII. Their website also reads, "This means that a name such as “Mon1ka,” wouldn’t be permissible as your chosen moniker (pun absolutely intended). Unfortunately, it also means you will have to refrain from calling your child R2-D2 or C-3PO. If that discourages you from having a child in the first place, we don’t blame you."

While posting a comment on the student's name, u/valiantserpent said: "My cousin teaches high school math, and he had a student whose parent spelled her name with Roman numerals - Caitlin spelled Cviiilyn." u/thebluecrab quipped, "I'm going to name my kids ______. It's the ultimate clean slate." u/umidoo wrote, "I did an exam and one of the guys who was trying to join the same college as I was called Xenocrates - beautiful name man." One more user added: "My aunt is a school attendance secretary and one of the kids in the district (inner city), I kid you not, was named: Wise-Intelligent (first name) Supreme-God (middle name) Allah (last name). While u/thecleaverguy commented, "Just hope they don't get into a bet where they end up having to change their name to 'happy adjustable spanners.'"

These interesting names surely surprise us and make us laugh a little!

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