Some people name their baby with their birth city (like Paris), some with their favorite fruit (like Apple), but then there are some who name their baby after a car brand – Kia.

The baby was born in a Kia Carens people carrier on the way to Poole Hospital


Kia Richardson was born in the vehicle just before her parents arrived at Poole Hospital.

Samantha Smyth, 23, and Tony Richardson, 24, were going to call her Tilley but changed their mind after the dramatic birth.

The umbilical cord was around Kia’s neck but as the car arrived staff rushed out of the hospital to cut it off.

Miss Smyth, now a mother of three, told the Daily Echo newspaper in Bournemouth: “She literally came flying out. It was the best birth I’ve had.

“It was horrible to see the umbilical cord but the nurses were so quick it was unbelievable.”

The baby was born two weeks early, weighing in at 6lb 7oz.



The Kia Motor company was so pleased by the name that they gave the couple a new car!

Makes me wonder about other possible names –

  • Mitsubishi
  • Ford
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • GMC
  • BMW

Though personally I think Kia is a nice name!