Friday July 25,2008
By Stephanie Burns for express.co.uk
Nine-year-old Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii has won the right to a name-change.
A judge in Wellington, New Zealand has made the girl a ward of the court so her "embarrassing" name can be altered.
Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt expressed dismay about a New Zealand trend of giving children bizarre names and in a ruling made public on Thursday, cited a list of unfortunate names that he said were embarrassing for children.
Names blocked by registration officials included: Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Stallion, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit.
Surprisingly, names such as Number 16 Bus Shelter, Midnight Chardonnay and even Violence were allowed.
Colleen MacLeod, lawyer for the nine-year-old said: “She never told her close friends her real name for fear of being mocked and teased. She told people her name was ‘K’.”
Brian Clarke, registrar general of Births, Deaths and Marriages said New Zealand law does not allow names that would cause offence to a reasonable person, that are 100 characters or more long, that include titles or military rank or that include punctuation marks or numerals.