A 31-year-old Louisiana man named Jack Daniels Leathers and his wife, 23-year-old Lydia Leathers, just had a baby boy, and his name is Jim Beam Leathers.
According to Houma Today, Jim Beam Leathers was born on November 14 at Terrebonne General Medical Center. Jack said he and his wife wanted to carry on the tradition that his parents started.
“My parents decided they wanted to name their son something to make their parents mad. And, at the time, my dad was drinking Jack, which he enjoyed. My mom said, ‘Why not?'”
Naming their son Jim Beam is not the only uncommon thing the couple has done, Jack added. When they got married, Jack was able to get Judge Johnny Walker to conduct the ceremony.
“When Judge Johnny Walker realized that he was marrying Lydia to Jack Daniels, he turned red. We wanted to get in touch with Judge Walker to notify him that Jack Daniels had a son named Jim Beam.”
If the couple decides to have more children, Jack said that they will continue on with the alcohol-related names.
“If we have another child, our second born will be Evan Williams, after the bourbon. If it’s a girl, she will be Sherry, like the cooking sherry.”
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Jack added that during his time with the Army, his sergeants had a blast saying his name.
“When I went into the Army, sergeants would yell, ‘How much more American can you get than Jack Daniels?’ I went through most of my Army career not hearing my last name because people would call me Jack Daniels.”
As for Lydia Leathers, Jack’s wife, she is okay with having a son named Jim Beam.
“I’ve always tried to do stuff out of the ordinary, to do things differently than other people. It’s hard to find a name that you like that nobody you know has. It was all Jack’s idea. I just went along with it.”
While the couple has received criticism for their son’s name, Lydia mentioned that they are not fazed by what others think.
“We get a lot of flack from other people about it. At the end of the day, it’s our son, and it’s what we wanted to do.”
The couple is not the first to name their son Jim Beam. Back in September, WDRB reported that the distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, invited anyone named Jim Beam to come out and celebrate the 150th birthday of the man who started it all. Of course, they had to be 21 and over to attend the ceremony.
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