New York businessman Michael Ayer put a lot of thought into the name he gave his son. He was from a family where all the names were pretty traditional, along the lines of George and John, and he found that boring. So he tossed around a few possibilities – Bad Ayer, Hot Ayer, Million Ayer – before eventually deciding on Billion Ayer.
Why Billion Ayer? Yes, because it sounds like ‘billionaire’. And there’s one more reason.
“At least you could always run with Bill,” the businessman told CBS’s Cover Story.
Billion Ayer is now 17. He’s a high school student who plays golf and is in the school band. He says his name makes him stand out more.
“People I’ve never met know me,” he explains. “But I don’t even know their name.”
But does he like being called Billion Ayer?
“It’s all right,” he says.
As Mamamia reported recently, Billion isn’t exactly unique. Last year, there were seven baby boys named Billion in the US, along with 11 called Million and six called Trillion.
The question is, how many of them had Ayer as a surname? Because there’s a difference between a name that’s distinctive and a name that’s a deliberate joke.
Brace yourselves, online forum Reddit reveals the worst baby names they’ve ever heard, and they’re bad.