The newborn donned "Lil Bama Fan" socks for his TV debut on WSFA 12 News.
ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) -
Summer and Steven Steele had no idea their baby's name would ignite a fire storm of reaction from across the nation.
Their son, Krimson Tyde Steele, was born at Andalusia Regional Hospital Dec. 17 and news of his name garnered lots of opinions on social media, media outlets and websites. Many commenters slammed the couple, even questioning their parenting.
"We didn't know his name would get all of this media attention. It's been crazy," Steven Steele told WSFA. "A lot of people said it's a bad name, they wouldn't name him that but it's not their choice. It's ours."
The couple says they thought of the name as soon as they found out they were having a boy and received final approval from Krimson's older brothers, Trenton and Dawson.
"My 5-year-old and 4-year-old, they really had the main part in it. That's what they wanted to name him and that's what we stuck with," Summer said.
She says she changed up the spelling of Crimson Tide to make her newborn's name different and unique.
To say the family roots for Alabama is an understatement. They've taken fandom to a whole new level and think the football team would be proud to know that Baby Krimson is in Andalusia cheering them on.
The newborn donned "Lil Bama Fan" socks for his TV debut on WSFA 12 News, and he has a number of Alabama outfits, blankets and toys. His mom and dad are confident he'll be a big Alabama fan like them and if his cries during the interview are any indication -- he definitely has a healthy set of lungs to help him cheer Bama and boo Auburn. The tiny baby wailed when the Auburn Tigers were mentioned.
Krimson's parents are brushing off the harsh criticism they've received over their son's name.
"We don't let it bother us. We're happy with him and as long as he's healthy and taken care of, we're happy," Steven said.
"It's all up to our family and our friends and what they think and they all love it so we really don't care what the outsiders say. I've realized I need to ignore what everybody else has to say. It's not for them to like or have any say in. Plus, it's not their child," Summer added.
The Steele's are not alone in their love of a football-related name. A Phenix City couple who name their son Crimson Tide and daughter Alleigh Bama have come forward voicing their support of the Steele's name choice.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health's most recent statistics, in 2011 and 2012, there were babies named Saben, Alabama and Aubie and more than 80 newborns named Crimson with a variety of spellings.