20 February 2015
Strange Names and How to Change Them
All new parents know that their little one is the most precious special bundle in the world and they want to make sure everyone knows. This new human being is unique to you and you want to give them a name that stands out. But how unique do you want to make it?
A list of wonderful names has been compiled over 40 years of genealogy research and includes “Friendless” Baxter, “Zebra” Lynes and “Time Of” Day. Many of the names were given to babies born in the 1800s and range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Not many people would consider calling their child Ann Bertha Cecilia Diana Emily Fanny Gertrude Hypatia Iug Jane Kate Louisa Maud Nora Orphelia Quince Rebecca Starkey Teresa Ulysis Venus Winifred Xenophen Yetty Zeus to ensure that every letter of the alphabet is included.
If you thought having 26 names was over the top, one woman in Colombia has recently changed her name to Abcdefg Hijklmn Opqrst Uvwxyz. We’re not sure how that would be pronounced but it is definitely unique.
However there are some names that parents can’t choose for their new arrival. For example a court in France recently ruled that a couple can’t name their daughter Nutella as they said “it is not in the best interests of the child”. A French court has also turned down Strawberry for a girl’s name.
But in the UK any name is up for grabs. Gwyneth Paltrow famously named her baby Apple, Jamie Oliver has a child called Buddy Bear, and Katie Price called her little girl Princess Tiaamii. These names undoubtedly stand out and will be remembered but the parents may regret their decisions later in life as their children get older.
Changing a child’s name can happen at any point in their life. Adults can change their name simply via the UK Deed Poll Service but it’s a bit more complicated for children. It does depend on the reason for the change, for example if a parent remarries and they wish for the child’s surname to reflect this.
The process of changing a child’s name is simple if everyone with parental responsibility agrees to the change. If there is a disagreement, the Court would have to be involved.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are experts in Child and Family Law and can help with all the steps involved in changing a child’s name. Call us 24/7 on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online and we will call you.
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