Mission Hospital's First Baby of Year Named After Greek God

The proud parents go for the gold when it comes to naming their baby boy.

The kid better be something special. The first baby born in 2012 at Mission Hospital was a healthy boy born in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

Though he wasn't the first baby born in Orange County, he has been given a name that stands above all others: Zeus, who is more commonly known in the Greek as the father of gods and men.

Zeus Altamirano came into the world at 2:56 a.m., at the Mission Viejo hospital that serves much of south Orange County. He weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches.

His parents are Carmen Rosa, 24, and Louis Altamirano, 28, of Mission Viejo. 

A list of the top 100 baby names of 2011 was released last month, but Zeus wasn't on it. Neither was Thor, Apollo or any Greek gods.

Zeus' older siblings have far more pedestrian names: Kimberly, who's 5, and Louis, who's 4.

As for the outfit that he's wearing for his first media photo? Stitched into the cap are the words "Little Champ."

He's named like one.

Penny Arévalo January 04, 2012 at 09:09 PM
ahh, he's adorable!
Amazing Lies January 06, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Hi Martin, little Zeus has a big name to live up to, let's hope he doesn't take after his namesake in behaviour. Just wanted to point out that Thor isn't a Greek god, he belongs in Norse mythology. Congratulations to Zeus' parents.
Martin Henderson January 06, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Ha, from what I understand, Zeus was a bit of a tomcat. And thanks for the note on Thor, which should be the name of a Greek god. Naming a kid Zeus is a bit like naming a kid Elvis: there's gonna be expectations. Then again, challenging kids help them succeed. The more I think about it, the more I like the name, though. He's likely to be the only Zeus in his class.
Amazing Lies January 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM
You're welcome. I agree, not many Zeus's around here either!
Secrets of Safety January 06, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Hope the child develops the good traits and not the other.. What a name to put on a child, but then I guess it isn't much different from other names.. or is it?


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