Parents Name Baby Dovahkiin, Will Receive Free Bethesda Games For Life


The title pretty much says it all. Apparently, back in February, Bethesda issued a challenge to its fans, saying that if anyone who had a baby on Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s release date (11.11.11) and named the child “Dovahkiin,” the family would receive a Steam key granting every ZeniMax/Bethesda game ever made for life.

Well, one couple—Megan and Eric Kellermeyer—took Bethesda up on the challenge and named their newborn son Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer on Friday.

“Be it the real world or the game worlds we create, we wish young Dovahkiin the best in all his adventures,” it says on the Bethesda Blog. “And if Alduin ever reaches this realm, we’ll be in touch.”

The mother—artist of the couple’s webcomic site, Shards—offered her reasons for going with the name, explaining that it went far beyond the desire for video games (as she herself doesn’t actually play, though her husband is an avid gamer). Having a baby born on 11.11.11 is already pretty special, and Megan wanted to really lock in all of the magic:

“[…] it’s been a tough year and I wanted to do something special for my son. My daughter has a unique name. I wanted him to have a unique name as well. I am so picky about boy names that I was having a lot of trouble finding just the right one. 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. It helps that we told all our friends and family and very few are opposed to the idea. My mom thought it was neat!”

Now, before you haters come out and hate, Megan preemptively defends her decision:

“I would never name my child a name I found horrible or even terribly mediocre. I think we’re doing a great job with our daughter and will continue to be great parents for our son, too. Naming him something so unique may only have as much effect as any person’s opinion on another. That’s all they are. Opinions. We all have them; most of us voice them. But the ones that matter most are the opinions of your family and, more importantly, the opinion you hold of yourself. I think we can enable a high opinion of himself in our son because we’ve done so and will continue to do so with our daughter. The name won’t change my parenting.”

True enough! Usually I get pretty annoyed by parents naming their kids weird things—but, actually, I like this instance a lot. I think that it has a great story, a unique birthday, and the parents are going into it fully aware that the name they’ve chosen isn’t some hippy-dippy moon chakra bullshit. It’s just a unique sounding name that celebrates a fantasy world that a lot of people seem to love. Plus, you know, free games. In these tough economic times, you can’t pass up a deal like that.

And just in case that’s not enough for you, let’s put things in perspective. Really, it could be so much worse, you guys: at least they didn’t name the baby Adolf Hitler, and then wonder why everyone hates them.

Seriously, you can’t deny that Dovahkiin is a pretty badass name. Though, I foresee things getting rough when they take attendance at school.

Via Eurogamer

  1. I don’t know if this is a fail or a win.

  2. Can’t tell if trolling or just awesome.

  3. Time for me to legally change my name to Dovahkiin.

  4. this is my buddy’s kid — when he told us at D&D one day the child was slated for 11-11-11, our jaws dropped and we told him about the contest. He immediately got so pumped, and got on the phone with his wife. When he worried about bullying, we said “Dude, what kid could bully a dragonborn? He’ll smash his head in!”
    Luckily, the kid came out over 8 lbs. Hopefully he’s a beast.

  5. Wow. I’m absolutely giddy about this news atricked on our son. Thank you very much for the kind words. It showa that our son will have good open minded peers to grow with. My wife and I love the name, how it sounds, and what it stands for and are glad that the vast majority of people understand what it means to our family to have such a special name for our son.

  6. yes i know that im copying the first comment but as well cant tell if this is a fail or a win. dont hate.

  7. hippy-dippy moon chakra bullshit? what the hell do you know about stuff like that who ever wrote this article needs to readjust before attacking shit they know nothing about

  8. i am only 22 with no child but before attacking hippies who are better than this person who wrote this article will ever be

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  10. This is kind of neat, I guess, although the name itself isn’t all that great.

  11. I don’t see the big deal some people are making over this. I doubt any of the kids will even know what Dovahkiin means when he finally gets into school. Actually, who cares about that part anyways? Its not YOUR child.


  13. “I wanted him to have a unique name.” My mom thought it was neat!”

    How about I name my firstborn “Dildo” because I think it sounds neat? And it sure is unique too!

  14. Name him it THt would be epic

  15. Wow just wait till he gets to school

  16. It’s not even a real word or name it’s made up you basically just made his name gibberish

  17. Why not a real name that strikes fear into those who stand in his why Drachen which is the German word for dragon

  18. My first born will be named Drachen

  19. Give free games to every one why don’t you how did even name him that when the game came out 11/11/11 I bet you dident even have the game I bet they have a friend that made that game and he gave them a freebie

  20. Fake not possible scam artists

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