July 25, 2008

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Bad Names

Posted in Offbeat tagged at 3:23 pm by Katharine Lackey

Parents can be so cruel.

In New Zealand, a girl was taken into the court’s protection until her name could be changed, the New Zealand Herald reports.

New Zealand children have been given names such as Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and Benson and Hedges(twins). The girls name, “Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii” could be changed after she went before a court to tell of her embarrassment.

I understand you want your child’s name to be unique — but come on.

Talula’s name is just one in a string of bad names in the country. Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and Benson and Hedges(twins), were named all approved by registration officials, while Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Stallion, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit, have been blocked by registration officials. (I wonder if the Bus Shelter name is in reference to where the child was conceived?)

And I thought some of Hollywood’s children names were bad — Apple, Indiana August, Fifi-Trixiebelle to name only a few.

To the parents of these children: Really? I mean, seriously. You want your child to be embarrassed and bullied? I guess celebrities can afford the psychological treatment the child will need when grown up, but still.

Silver lining: At least their last names aren’t Hell.

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