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Baby named ‘Scarlet Gray’

Andy Ouriel • Oct 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Judging by her vibrant wardrobe, Scarlet Gray King is saddled with a squad she must root on for life.

But based on her cheerful disposition and willingness to don a certain onesie, she’s OK with the decision. It perfectly suits her name.

Parents Justin and Kim King named their 3-month-old daughter after The Ohio State University’s famed color scheme.   “We were talking about names to begin with, and we just happened to come up with Scarlet,” Justin said. “I’ve been a fan since I was real young. I probably haven’t missed a game since I was in high school, and we always watch them.”

Alongside family members at her Anderson Street home, Scarlet typically sits wide-eyed near the family’s big-screen TV every Saturday the Buckeyes play.

“She is always up during games,” Justin said. “ She doesn’t watch it, but she is usually in her scarlet and gray colors.”

Scarlet’s name is fitting, considering:

• Her sister, 3-year-old Violet, is also named after a color. “That was a coincidence,” Kim said.

• It keeps a family namesake intact. Scarlet’s middle name would’ve been Ray, had she been born a boy, as that’s the middle name of Justin, his father, and his grandfather.

Adding a “G” out front seemed logical, as it maintains King’s lineage and creates a unique name for a Buckeye fan.

And, unlike boyfriends and clothing, Justin and Kim aren’t worried about Scarlet’s football teams changing when she gets older.

So what happens if she does decide to swap the Buckeye colors for Michigan’s blue and maize, or Michigan State’s green and white?

“She doesn’t really have a choice,” Justin said. “She’ll always be a Buckeye fan.”

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