KFC Gave This Family $11,000 Because Of Their Baby's Name

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KFC Gave This Family $11,000 Because Of Their Baby's Name


For some parents, choosing a name for their child is probably one of the hardest decisions that they will make.

After all, this is the moniker that your child will have to live with for the rest of their lives, and can impact how they're treated by others.

Some parents will look to their family and friends for inspiration, others turn to pop culture, books, films, and even nature to find the perfect name.

For one North Carolina couple, the decision wasn't nearly as hard because $11,000 was at stake.

Anna Pilson and Decker Platt with their newborn daughterKFC/Kentucky.com

Anna Pilson and Decker Platt's baby was recently awarded the prize money after she was crowned the winner of KFC's baby-naming contest.

In August, the fried chicken chain announced that they would be giving away $11,000 in college tuition to the first baby born on September 9 that is named in honor of Colonel Sanders. The date would've been the iconic restaurant founder's 128th birthday.

"Even though vintage names are making a comeback, our iconic founder's name was dwindling in popularity, and we couldn't just stand idly by and let that happen," Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. chief marketing officer, said in a press release at the time.

Colonel Harland David Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, developed his secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices during the Great Depression.Biography

It looks like the Colonel's name is making a comeback as Anna and Decker named their eight-pound, one ounce bundle of joy Harland "Harley" Rose.

"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," KFC shared on Twitter.

Harland is certainly a very unique name as it ranked 3,257 on the list of the most popular baby names of 2017.

The last time the moniker made it into the list of top 1,000 American boy names was 70 years ago.

Now, the company is hoping that this contest will inspire more parents to consider the classic name, and perhaps one day it will rank at the top.

"We hope that this birthday celebration honors the Colonel and encourages the next generation of people aspiring to live the American dream," the chain added.

Do you think the parents made the right call by naming their daughter after Colonel Sanders?

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