The winner of KFC's competition that required parents to name their child after its founder has been officially announced.
Choosing what to name your children is one of the most important and hardest decisions you will ever have to make. It can't simply be a name that you like on a whim. That name is one your son or daughter will have to live with for the rest of their lives. Well, unless you screw up naming them so badly that when they get old enough they change their name, of course.
The question is, how much money would need to be up for grabs for you to place naming your child into the hands of a complete stranger? How about $11,000? That's how much KFC offered earlier this year for parents to name their newborn after the fast food franchise's founder. No, not Colonel, but Mr. Sanders' first name, Harland.
The competition could only have one winner. However, any baby born on September 9, 2018, named Harland could be entered into the competition. The winner would be the very first baby Harland born on that day. As revealed via KFC's Twitter account, the winner has now been announced. Little Harland Rose of Southern Pines, North Carolina who weighed in at 8 lbs and 1 oz, or roughly 18 pieces of the Colonel's famous chicken.
I’m as pleased as pumpkin punch to announce the winner of our Baby Harland Naming Contest and the Harland who will be ushering in an all-new generation of Harlands, little Harland Rose. pic.twitter.com/wI2SNshsZ6— KFC (@kfc) October 30, 2018
Don't worry, it will be Harland Rose that reaps all the rewards from being named after a fast food titan. The $11,000 has gone directly into a college fund for her future. KFC is also hoping that this Harland and the countless others that were born on September 9 may have sparked something. It has been 70 years since Harland was in the top 1000 US names for boys.
It was actually the dwindling popularity of the name that inspired KFC to run the competition. In 2017, Harland came in at an extremely unimpressive 3257th place in terms of popularity. September 9 would have marked the 128th birthday of Colonel Sanders if he were still alive today, and perhaps his latest birthday will have also started a resurgence of his increasingly under-used first name.