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When you ask the internet to name your baby, expect Cthulu and Megatron to be serious contenders.

At least, that's what one couple are learning with their new baby naming experiment. 

Feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of naming a new person, Canadian dad-to-be Stephen McLaughlin set up NameMyDaughter.com, which calls for first and middle name suggestions for his unborn child. 

The website's description says: "Hi, My name is Stephen and much to the disbelief of my wife, I have decided to let the internet name* my daughter."

"Yeah that is an asterisk, Unfortunately, internet, I know better than to trust you. We will ultimately be making the final decision, alas my daughter shall not be named WackyTaco692."

He and his wife have also been answering questions on Reddit, where the dad-to-be, who works as a web developer, explained how the idea "just came to [him]".  

"I was sitting on the end of the bed after coming home from work and the idea hit me ... I just blurted out, 'Hunny, I am going to ask the internet what we should name our daughter!'

"She was supportive right from the start. I think at first she didn't think I was actually going to do it. But once the domain was registered she knew it was real.

"Hell, when I saw that namemydaughter.com was available I just knew that was the sign that I HAD to do it."

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After five days, and at the time of writing, the top spot is taken by Cthulu All-Spark McLaughlin. 

For those not up to date with their science-fiction beings, Cthulhu is "a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet and long narrow wings", from a 1928 short story by H.P. Lovecraft.

All-Spark is presumably a different version of AllSpark, used to describe the soul of fictional Transformers, from the movie series of the same name.

Pond, Doge, Slagathor and Streetlamp are also included in the current top 20 names, while Le-Dash-A, Waitfor-it, Salad and Truckasaurus are in the list of top middle names.

However, things might not be all that bad for the future Mclaughlin baby - Amelia is coming in at number two for the first name, and Mae is the second-favourite middle name. Other traditional names on the list include Charlotte, Olivia, Camille and Sophia.

The names are all nominated by site users, which has left the project open to some more unsavoury suggestions. But McLauglin wrote that he's only had to cut a few names from the list, saying, "So far I have only had to moderate several STIs and a couple of sexual positions [but] I would prefer not to have to remove anything from the list."

He also said he was surprised at how respectful people had been, regardless of the more creative names.

Visitors to the site can use one vote a day until the baby's birth, with the potential 'Streetlamp Titanium McLaughlin' due on April 2. 

For more naming suggestions and inspiration, visit the Essential Baby name section, or chat with others in the baby name forum

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