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South Africa World Cup baby names: Moms choose Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City

South Africa World Cup baby names such as Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City are proliferating in the Rainbow Nation as white and black families name their children after stadiums and teams.

Fans support South Africa's national soccer team Bafana Bafana at a fan zone at St Stithians College in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 16, as they watch the World Cup match between South Africa and Uruguay.

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Anele Ntshinga could hardly contain her excitement a week and a half ago when she gave birth to a baby girl at Johannesburg’s Rahima Moosa Hospital just 10 minutes after the opening match of the South Africa World Cup.

As Mexico took on her beloved home team, Bafana Bafana, in Soweto’s Soccer City stadium, Ms. Ntshinga did what any mother in such a situation would do. She named her daughter “Fifa," after the sporting body FIFA that governs world soccer.

“Is my baby really born at 4 o’clock?” she remembers asking the nurses, who nodded. “Wow, I have a World Cup baby.”

"I will be more than happy to explain it to her the day she asks: 'Mommy, why do I have such an unusual name?' ”

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