July 26, 2008

Paco Eats A Taco

It's a wild and wacky world we live in. Humorous. Scary. And, sometimes just strange. The following story was recently reported by the Associated Press.

Judge: Girl's name, Talula Does The Hula, won't do

A family court judge in New Zealand has had enough with parents giving their children bizarre names here, and did something about it.

Just ask Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. He had her renamed.

Judge Rob Murfitt made the 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that her name could be changed, he said in a ruling made public Thursday. The girl was involved in a custody battle, he said.

The new name was not made public to protect the girl's privacy.

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

The girl had been so embarrassed at the name that she had never told her closest friends what it was. She told people to call her "K" instead, the girl's lawyer, Colleen MacLeod, told the court.

In his ruling, Murfitt cited a list of the unfortunate names.

Registration officials blocked some names, including Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit, he said. But others were allowed, including Number 16 Bus Shelter "and tragically, Violence," he said.

New Zealand law does not allow names that would cause offense to a reasonable person, among other conditions, said Brian Clarke, the registrar general of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Clarke said officials usually talked to parents who proposed unusual names to convince them about the potential for embarrassment.

Lucky for us we don't live in New Zealand because we're now considering the name "Paco Eats A Taco" for our soon-to-be-born son. It has a nice ring don't you think?

And, thanks to my sister-in-law Glo for suggesting this unique spelling, "Paco Itza Taco." It will be a great cultural reference for our son's heritage.

By the way, for our New Zealand friend now living in Texas (because you know we can't just have friends from Mayberry), is Bill really your first name?

No comments: