This Japanese Family Named Their Son After Delta Air Lines

Many people have a memorable trip or favorite airline. Sometimes, the air journey is captured in a little picture that gets stuck in an album or posted online. Other times, the trip can be so special as to inspire something bigger. That seems to be the case for one Japanese couple, who named their son after Delta Air Lines owing to an incredibly memorable experience.

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A Japanese family named their son “Delta” after a memorable trip with Delta Air Lines. Photo: Delta Air Lines

“Little Delta”

The Eguchi family flew to Hawaii on Delta Air Lines as part of their wedding trip. Hawaii is also special because it is one of Mrs. Saki Eguchi’s favorite destinations. In fact, her first flight with Delta was to Hawaii. When the couple gave birth to their first child, the choice of name was a symbolic one. Not only was Delta a memorable part of the couple’s love story, but the shape itself also symbolizes strength.

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Delta enjoys the beach with his parents. Photo: Delta Air Lines

The couple’s story came to light thanks to an attentive Delta employee in Hawaii. The couple was flying to Nagoya, Japan when Delta employee Pam Saito realized that one of the passengers in the Delta One cabin was named “Delta.” Ms. Saito then located the Eguchi family in the Delta Sky Club. That is where she learned the full story behind the child’s name.


The name “Delta Air Lines”

Delta Air Lines is known for its “widget” logo which is inspired by the Greek letter delta. However, the name “Delta Air Lines” has its origins elsewhere. Back in 1928, according to Delta Air Lines, Catherine Fitzgerald, an assistant to founder C. E. Woolman, coined the name “Delta” after the Mississippi Delta where Delta Air Service flew.

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The signature Delta “widget” on an Airbus A321. Photo: Delta Air Lines

The widget also has additional symbolism. In 1955, Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary, Richard Maurer, was keen to note the similarity between the Greek letter Δ and the shape of new aircraft. Thus, the widget was born. The design onlookers see today is meant to resemble the appearance of a plane flying overhead in the skies. Moreover, onlookers can also look up and note a Delta plane flying overhead thanks to branding on the bellies of aircraft.

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The modern-day Delta widget resembles not only the Greek letter but also an aircraft flying overhead. Photo: Delta Air Lines


Travel is meant to be a memorable experience. And, in some cases, the flight itself is almost as memorable as the destination. The Eguchi family decided to cement this memory by naming their little son after the large American carrier. Speaking on this, Mr. Eguchi had the following to say:


I want him to expand his global network, like Delta Air Lines. And that he experiences the world’s different cultures and societies. That’s why we picked the name Delta.

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The Eguchi’s hope that their son continues to travel and see the world. Photo: Delta Air Lines

While Delta Air Lines is well-known for brand loyalty, this is something above and beyond what you see every day.

Do you have a memorable airline journey? What stands out about it? Let us know in the comments!


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Cianan Kelly (Binter Canarias archivist)

How strange!
I wonder if he got the model 767 from the airline for free (as he is essentially a human advert)!!

Gerry S

Hoorah! Another person who realises that Delta rules. Have flown Delta since my military years. Now it is the airline of choice for my children. Should have named MY son Delta. Maybe he would gotten free flights. Sigh! Snooze you lose! (lol)

Gerry S

Man oh man! Just looked up at the South Fla. sky and saw an A220 in flight. Rare as hell. And only Delta’s got them. Made my Sunday.


If the couple had flown years ago would they have named their son “Pan Am” or “Trans World”? If they’d flown American would they name him that as well? Parents should think first about how the child will fare with his/her name as they go through life. Naming a boy “Delta” is no better than naming him “Sue”.


“Naming a boy “Delta” is no better than naming him “Sue”.

Don’t forget that you are talking about Japanese naming culture. Are you familiar with it enough to know how this name is perceived there? You might be tempted to answer that surely many Japanese people don’t name their children after airlines. Probably not, but even if that’s the case, you still don’t know how Japanese people feel about this particular name (unless you really do).

Not so much in fact not at all

In my experience with delta I would name my child, filthy, ancient aircraft, mechanical, or late. How they post their on time seems odd to me. Last four months decided to fly delta due to schedule where I live and the experience has been horrific. Poor quality food, no,better than anyone else, they have some pr hyping up the experience anything but meeting that hype. They turn their plane quickly and leave their customers in old, filthy airplanes , absolutely outhouse smelling bathrooms, where you sit far past departure while they fix the issue. Staff no better than anyone else,… Read more »


I disagree.

Gerry S

Me too.

David G

A bit better than naming your daughter Virgin.


Thanks, you gave me a nice chuckle!

Judging by your curt, dry humour… are you British?