Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer. Born on November 11th 2011. What a legacy.
In February of this year publisher Bethesda said it would offer free games for life to anyone who had a child born on 11.11.11 (Skyrim’s release date) and named it Dovahkiin.
Which in the world of Elder Scrolls translates to ‘Dragon Born’.
Megan and Eric Kellermeyer were the lucky winners of the free games. Their son is the ‘lucky winner’ of an exotic name that he won’t be able to spell until he’s six.
The Kellermeyer’s decision to rise to Bethesda’s challenge in explained on their blog.
“I am due on 11/11/11. What’s so special about that day?” mother Megan wrote prior to the birth. “First off, it has the awesome triple like digits. Second, for all the gamers, it is the release date for the long-awaited Skyrim. Third, if our son does make it out on 11/11/11, we are going to name him Dovahkiin.
“The reason being it is an awesome name… and, yes, it comes with a fantastic prize in Bethesda’s baby-naming contest to coincide with the release of Skyrim. Now, my husband didn’t know of the contest to start with. We conceived long before hearing of it. But it’s been a tough year and I wanted to do something special for my son.
“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! He will have a perfectly normal and common middle name if the first name becomes too much for him or us or we just want to call him a nickname.
“I’ve read several posts on the site and most condemn anyone who would dare name their child such a thing, all for capitalism. Well, I really don’t play many video games (TB plays an ungodly amount though), and 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.”
Bethesda itself added: “Be it the real world or the game worlds we create, we wish young Dovahkiin the best in all his adventures. And if Alduin ever reaches this realm, we’ll be in touch.”