Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ugh! Stupid Parents!

Here we have an A-Z of some of the most embarrassing, unpronounceable or just plain weird names from round the world.

A - A Chinese couple named their son @ which in Chinese is pronounced 'ai ta' meaning 'love him'.

B - Swedish courts can also reject unusual names. In 1991 a Swedish couple tried to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced 'Albin') in protest.

The court rejected the name and fined them £450.

C - Brazilian footballer Creedence Clearwater Couto was named after legendary American rock band Creed.

D - In 1995, US hit The Late Show made a celebrity of Canadian petrol station owner Dick Assman.

E - Two sports-loving dads in Texas and Michigan named their sons ESPN (pronounced 'Espin') after the US TV channel.

F - Names often change their meanings over the years. At least we hope so for the sake of poor F*ck K Holmwood who was born in Sussex in1878. His mother was named Fanny.

G - In 2005 an online casino paid Terri Iligan £8,000 to change her name to GoldenPalaceDotCom.

H - Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence named their daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

I - Sometimes it's the surname that causes the trouble. James Hogg, a former Governor of Texas named his daughter Ima.

J - Bond fan David Fearn from Walsall changed his name to James Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View to a Kill The Living Daylights Licence to Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond, to celebrate the release of the latest 007 film in 2006.

K - Comic book fan Nicolas Cage named his son Kal-El, Superman's real name.

L - Mia Farrow named her daughter Lark Song. She also has children named Summer Song and Satchel.

M - Parents having trouble choosing baby names often look to Hollywood for inspiration.

In 2003, several hundred boys were named Maximus, after Russell Crowe's character in the film Gladiator.

N - Number 16 Bus Shelter was one of the names that the New Zealand courts didn't reject.

O - Actress Ocean Hellman's full name is actually Crystal Ocean Supri Heavenly Blue Sky Hellman.

P -Peaches Geldof's full name is Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof. Her sisters are named Fifi Trixibelle and Little Pixie.

Q - Queer Mansell, who lived in South Carolina in the 1930s, had a husband named Pink.

R - American actor Robert Trebor's name is a palindrome - it reads the same when spelled backwards.

S - Bill and Moya Lear, owners of posh private jet firm Lear, named their daughter Shanda.

T - Sometimes the parents aren't to blame. In 1994, 17-year-old Peter Eastman changed his name to Trout Fishing In America, the title of his favourite book.

U - It sounds like the title of a horror movie but in fact Urban Shocker was a baseball player in the 1920s.

V - American actress Robin Strasser was given the middle names Victory In Europe becase she was born on VE-Day, May 7, 1945.

W - Baseball player Wonderful Terrific Monds the Third was named after his father and grandfather who got the name because his parents were so pleased to have had a son.

X - TV shows can inspire parents: in 1996 and 1997, 567 girls were named after Xena: Warrior Princess, played by Lucy Lawless.

Y - Michael Howard of Leeds had his name legally changed to Yorkshire Bank PLC Are Fascist B*stards after being charged £20 for a £10 overdraft. He closed his account and asked for a cheque with the balance to be made out in his new name.

Z - Zachary Zzzzzzzzzra was born Bill Holland but the decorator changed his name so people would always be able to find him at the back of the phonebook.

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