People in the UK are so bored with their lives, they are changing their names just to spice things up. Last year, around 85 000 people changed their names, and while some kept it basic, like from Cock to Coz and Smellie to Smiley, others went quite overboard.
At times, people even change it for serious reasons, like seeking to evade an abusive partner or inline with the change of gender roles, but some, some are just whack.
Here are some of the more ludicrous choices:
Bacon Double Cheeseburger — From Simon Smith to that, he picked “the first name I came up with” when he decided to switch.
Penelope Pitstop — One woman picked the Wacky Races character as her middle name. Her whole name? Charlene Charlie Penelope Pitstop Colpus Crumb.
Bruce Wayne — Someone chose Batman’s other identity as their own alter ego.
Happy Birthday — One person chose the world’s most famous song as their own name.
Queens Park Rangers — A father and a son decided to name themselves after their favourite football team. Others also picked the names Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney
Mr. & Mrs. Amazing — One couple went humble.
Sarge Metalfatigue — This is actually a guy called Sarge who works at a piercing studio called Metal Fatigue.
Simply MyLove Poet — Whoever this is probably runs a small business offering romantic e-cards. Hopefully.
Kerry Roses For Poses — Another name that no one knows the origins of. Perhaps a bet?
Michael Connor Lightning Akimbo Wumbo Wigglesworth Pussyfoot Katzenjammer — Perhaps the most serious of the lot.
In the UK, the process to change your name isn’t such a big deal. It takes four days and costs around R700. It can’t exceed 250 characters for the forename and 50 characters for the surname.
The name can’t promote criminal activities, incite racial hatred or ridicule the government or organisations, and the likes of Jesus, Saint or Satan are banned on grounds of being blasphemous.
What would yours be?
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