Obama influencing new baby names
Hollywood, Fla. ? Barack Obama may have a “funny name,” as he once said – but it might just catch on among the nation’s newborns.
A Florida couple became among the country’s first to bestow it on their child, even before most news outlets had declared the Illinois senator the president-elect.
Sanjae Obama Fisher was born at 8 p.m. at Hollywood’s Memorial Regional Hospital to Patrick and Sasha Hall Fisher.
A hospital spokeswoman says it was the father’s idea. But mom still got to watch the election, after 14 hours at the hospital.
Sanjae has two siblings, 8-year-old sister Shaniah and 4-year-old brother Shane.
In Arkansas, Benjamin Barack Kimbrough was born at 2:35 p.m. on Election Day to Walter and Adria Kimbrough. Walter Kimbrough is president of Philander Smith College, a historically black school in Little Rock.
In Maryland, a mother who went into labor Tuesday after voting for Obama named her newborn daughter for the Obamas’ two girls, 7-year-old Sasha and Malia, 10.
Lakisha Brown of Joppa gave birth to Sasha Malia Ann Taylor at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
GBMC spokesman Michael Schwartzberg said Brown watched Obama’s victory speech while she was in labor at the hospital. She says she was so struck by the love Obama showed to his daughters that she decided to name her baby after them.