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The picture of the baby that was published on Craigslist Photo by Screenshot
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A Jewish American couple has decided to name their baby daughter Rina, after earlier trying to auction the opportunity to name the baby on Craigslist - with bids starting at $20,000.

In an advert posted on Craigslist earlier this month, the New Jersey couple suggested that prospective buyers may want to choose a name to honor a relative or even a Holocaust victim.

The money would be used to help with tuition fees and the cost of living in their home in Lakewood, the couple said. The new baby is their ninth daughter.

The ad was subsequently removed from Craigslist for violating the terms of service. The father told the JTA news service that he received four enquiries before the ad was taken down.

"This is an excellent opportunity for someone who may not have had children, or someone looking to honor a relative etc. Or even to honor someone’s memory that was killed in the Holocaust," the ad read.

The couple said they would like a Hebrew name and a secular name but won't accept 'crazy names' like 'Box'. They said they'd prefer something Biblical.

The father, a schoolteacher, explained to JTA that they had decided to auction off the naming of their baby because "we’re out of relatives to name after. For each one, we chose another relative. We thought it might be a nice thing; there might be an elderly person who passed away or someone without any children. Whoever would do this, we would consider them like family.'

Explaining how they came up with the idea he said: "About four or five years ago, I remember hearing in the news that someone else did the same thing. We’re a little rushed; we’d like to name the baby on Saturday. We tried to post it to eBay, but it was a little more complicated than we thought, so we posted it on Craigslist."

This article originally appeared on January 27, 2014.