Who knew Romeo and Juliet could be a real life story? Apparently, two babies were born in the same hospital 18 hours apart, and they just happened to be named Romeo and one named Juliet. Star crossed, anyone?
On Sunday, Romeo Archangel Hernandez was born at 2:06 p.m. at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, South Carolina, while Juliet Evangeline Shifflett was born 18 hours later at 8:14 a.m. that Monday. Even more strange, both parents were in adjacent rooms, but no one realized this until newborn photographer Cassie Clayshulte noticed the babies’ names as they were near each other. Clayshulte was there to take photos of Romeo when she just happened to see Juliet’s name.
According to ABC News, neither sets of parents knew each other before their babies were born–nor were Romeo or Juliet named for their Shakespearean characters. Romeo’s parents, Morgan and Edwin Hernandez, named their baby after singer Romeo Santos. Meanwhile, Juliet’s mom, Christiana Shifflett, told the network:
“We had picked the name out months ago. We wanted a ‘J’ name to go with our son’s name, Jonas. We picked Juliet because we were watching the TV show ‘Psych’ and the character’s name is Jules.”
Mazel tov to the parents! Check out the photos below: