I named my son after a tasty snack – the government tried to ban it & other mums think I’m bonkers but I love it | The Sun

PAULINE and Maxwell Bacon, 32 and 31, from East London served up a treat when they announced the name of their first son.

Theodore (Teddy) Smokey Bacon was born last year and hospitality business development coordinator Pauline says since then his name – reminiscent of much-loved crisp flavour – has been causing a stir.

Both his mum and business development retail boss dad Maxwell, 31, think it’s a fantastic moniker celebrating family history and a sense of fun.

They also intend to call any future kids Maple and Crispi. 

But not everyone is as amused… she been called 'bonkers' by some people and she was even banned from using the original spelling of ‘Smoky’.

Now she’s spoken exclusively to Fabulous.

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SITTING in a circle at a new mum and baby group with my 11-month-old son everyone introduced themselves and their child.

“I’m Pauline and this is Teddy Smokey Bacon,” I smiled.

You can hear a pin drop as the mums looked dumbstruck at me, clearly wondering if I was joking. 

But I just smiled – used to the silence after I’ve introduced my only child. 

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I’m often asked to prove I’ve actually named him Smokey Bacon. So I actually took a picture of his passport photo. 

“I’m serious, it's really Smokey Bacon,'' I said, showing a picture of his documentation. 

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Some mums smiled broadly and told me what an epic name it is while others remained quiet.

I know they’re the ones who called me bonkers when I left.

They’re just too well-mannered to do it to my face.

But my husband Maxwell and I aren’t fussed.

Smokey is our pride and joy.

Our little Bacon boy has a vast collection of tee-shirts with piglets on them.

His dad has a cute pig tattoo in honour of him and his godfather has a tattoo of a teddy bear holding up a piece of smoking bacon, inked to celebrate his birth and christening.

We’re deadly serious about the name and it’s a celebration of a unique family tradition.

I met my husband in April 2017 after we were introduced through friends.

My maiden name is Pauline Fridh, it’s Swedish, and when pronounced sounds like ‘fried.’

When I discovered Maxwell’s surname was Bacon, we both burst out laughing and thought it was fantastic.

When we married in Sweden, where my family still live, in December 2020 I proudly became Mrs Fridh (fried) Bacon.

When we first started dating Maxwell told me how his grandfather, Smokey Bacon's great grandfather had gone by the nickname ‘Streaky’ all his life as his surname was Bacon.

I thought it was fantastic – a real giggle – and made me really take to Maxell who went by the nickname Bacon at school.

There were a few times he was bullied but like his father and grandfather he stepped up and embraced the name and no one ever teased him again.

We were both determined to continue this delicious family tradition. Family is important to us both and we couldn't let the generations of proud Bacons down by not following in their footsteps.

From the start of dating Maxwell and I agreed that if we had children Smokey Bacon would be our firstborn’s moniker.

If we have a girl next, she'll be Maple Bacon.

Our third will be called Crispi Bacon as that is not a gender specific name.

Our darling boy arrived after a four-hour labour last October weighing 7lb 4oz.

When we told the nurses his name, they did a double take.

I have discovered people over 35 will either declare it bonkers, say nothing or shake their heads in horror.

Smokey Bacon was born in Stockholm, Sweden. When you register a birth name there it cannot be a word that is in common use or known as an identifier.

For example, I couldn't name him Paris as that’s the capital of France.

When I tried to register Theodore Smoky Bacon with the normal spelling of Smoky I was told it would be impossible as ‘smoky’ describes a fire

So, we added an ‘E’ to Smokey and officials approved it. It's not a spelling error, it's down to officials who helped us keep our unusual name and tick the bureaucratic boxes.

We both travel for work and since his birth our Bacon Boy has been on 30 flights in Britain and overseas.

He’s a super chilled traveller and I’d expected his name would cause problems at passport control.

Normally passport officials smile and on occasion they call colleagues over to have a look – they (and me) think it’s funny.

I have discovered people over 35 will either declare it bonkers, say nothing or shake their heads in horror.

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People under the age of 35 all think it cool and epic.

We love our son’s name and now we can’t wait to introduce Maple and Crispi to the world.

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