What's in a Name?

A nine-year-old girl whose parents named her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii was put into court guardianship in New Zealand so that her name could be changed.

In his written ruling [family court judge Rob Murfitt] said names such as Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit were prohibited by registration officials. Others that were permitted included twins called Benson and Hedges, other children called Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and, the judge added, “tragically, Violence”. Another mother tried to use text language for her child’s name, he said.

From The Guardian. And I thought that the British can lack class when choosing names for their children.

There’s a certain logic behind abbreviated names such as “R8l” (Rachel) or “HiD” (Heidi): they would be easier to type into a mobile phone; could reduce the number of double-length SMS messages—resulting in cheaper phone bills; and would be much easier for a child to learn to spell. But what kind of lowest common denominator world do these parents want to live in?


Written by multinormal

July 24, 2008 at 11:09 am

Posted in Could do better

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