Monday, July 28, 2008

It's all in the name

Alexander my darling son - if you are reading this in say 10 years or so, and think you have a crappy name and wonder why we called you this boring average name - then read the article below. We could have named you "bruno the stripper" , "doggy doo doo that the doggy doo doos", "bake for 2hrs at 180degrees", "Express train to Flinders street" or "100 green bottles". But no - my little love, we named you Alexander after the wonderful people who lived next door to mummy when she was growing up - that was their surname and they were like grandparents to Mummy.

So read on and remember how lucky you are!

"Judge changes girl's ridiculous name

From correspondents in Wellington

July 25, 2008 01:03pm

Article from: Reuters

A YOUNG girl embarrassed by her name - "Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii" - has won a new one from a family court judge in New Zealand.

Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt, ruling in the city of New Plymouth in the North Island, made the youngster a ward of court so that she could change the name she hates.

Judge Murfitt, in a written ruling released yesterday, said the girl's mother had not given any thought to the implication of naming her daughter.

"In all facets of life, a child bearing this name would be held up to ridicule and suspicion," Judge Murfitt wrote in the ruling made in February.

"The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name for her. It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap quite unnecessarily."

The name issue arose during a custody hearing for the girl.

Judge Murfitt also took a stand against other parents saddling their children with bizarre names despite officials often trying to talk them out of unusual choices, saying this could create "social hurdles" as they grew up.

He cited as examples a family who named their children after six-cylinder Ford cars, twins called Benson and Hedges and youngsters called Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence.

"Quite frequently judges in the family court are dismayed by the eccentricity of names which some litigants have given their children," he wrote.

New Zealand's Child, Youth and Family agency was quoted as telling local reporters that it did not consider odd names as such to be child abuse although it could be classified as such if a child was bullied because of his or her name.

In Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii's case, there was no bullying, probably because the girl was so embarrassed that she never told friends her real name, instead calling herself "K".

Judge Murfitt gave the girl a new name but it was not made public in order to protect her privacy.

The custody case was also resolved."

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4 Comments:

At 10:26 pm, Blogger LL said...

I heard a parent calling out "Anakin" to a kid in a playground once....

 
At 1:26 pm, Blogger Sitting in Silence said...

LMAO...oh the poor kid...some parents hey....

Oh that reminds me...I have worked with 2 Doctors...
1 an OBGY called DR Handy and the other called Dr Deeth...hrmmmmm maybe they both need to talk to that judge as well..

xoxo

 
At 4:11 pm, Blogger Lesley said...

Well, you could have called Alex, Wriggles forever.. lol... Then he would have something to complain about... His name is as sweet as he is..

How can parents think it's alright to call a child by such a bizzar name?

Have a happy weekend..
Hugs,
Lesley

 
At 2:32 pm, Blogger Katt said...

Talula is a nice name..the rest though..my goodness!

I seriously dont think some parents think at all when they name their kids..My younger sister went to school with a Zebulon (and he got tormented)..Zeb has a younger brother named Spider (YES thats his REAL first name)..My sister also had a Reality in her class (real first name of this girl)..

Personally Celebs can be blamed for a lot of this shit..

 

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