Well, if it was always your dream to move to New Zealand, have a baby, and legally name your child Choad Spawn, this recent legal decision may cause you to rethink your plan.
A family court judge in New Zealand has had enough with parents giving their children bizarre names here, and did something about it.
Just ask Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. He had her renamed.
Judge Rob Murfitt made the 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that her name could be changed, he said in a ruling made public Thursday. The girl was involved in a custody battle, he said.
I suppose one could ponder the nanny-state ramifications of judges subverting the will of free citizens of a democracy to overrule, perhaps on personal whim, one of the fundamental incidents of parenthood (i.e., creating an identity for your child).
That would be less fun, however, than focusing on the mouth breathers running around amusing themselves by giving their kids horrific, un-name-like names. I can't even fathom the thinking behind some of these names, other than perhaps I was on meth when I made her, I might as well be on meth when I name her. The linked article also gives some examples of unusual names that had been rejected by Kiwi registration officials, including "Fish and Chips," "Yeah Detroit," "Keenan Got Lucy" and "Sex Fruit." Perhaps even more shocking, though, were some of the names that have previously been issued, including "and tragically, Violence" and "Number 16 Bus Shelter."
If your folks name you Number 16 Bus Shelter, do you shorten it and go by Bus? Perhaps you go the Chad Johnson route and ask people to call you Diez y Seis. Or perhaps you start obsessing about knives at an early age and turn your folks (wait, who am I kidding?, I mean your mom, since dad surely cut out a long time ago) into coleslaw in the middle of the night.
All I know is Judge Murfitt needs to move to the states.
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