A record number of people in the UK are changing their names by Deed Poll to names after celebrities, football stars, cartoon characters, and things they like such as one man who changed his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger.
Oh boy here we go again, it’s another ridiculous news story and so shortly after the Tesco curved croissant story.
Changing your name to something like Lionel or Cristiano after Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t so bad, I think it’s a bit sad for a grown adult to do but at least they are real names. It’s also how lots of people name their kids. And pets. Likewise the same is true with celebrities and cartoon characters to some extent. In fact I’ve named pets that way in the past, I used to have a rabbit called Kenny after Kenny from South Park.
However I draw the line at something like Bacon Double Cheeseburger. OK mate I get it, you like Bacon Double Cheeseburgers, a lot, I do as well but not enough to be named after them.
Can you imagine calling someone Mr Cheeseburger? Sorry should that be Mr Double Cheeseburger? If you saw that name on a form you’d think it was fake or a joke. And the only Bacon I know is Jason Statham’s character in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
That said I suppose it isn’t any worse than what celebrities call their kids. In fact didn’t one of them name their kid Apple? I wonder if that was after the technology company because they are such fans or after actual apples because they love them?
The most surprising thing is just how easy and quick it is to change your name by Deed Poll. It costs just over £30 and takes less than a week. I honestly thought it’d take a lot longer than a week, all the documents that would need changing and updating and because of that I thought that would make it expensive.
There are some special rules, the name can’t be blasphemous like Satan or Saint, an actual title like Lady, Lord, Doctor, or ridicule the government, a company etc. All very disappointing because here I was thinking about changing my name to King Satan. Or maybe Lord Satan, King Satan might be a bit much.
If you can’t have blasphemous names is Jesus OK to have as a name? The rules are very confusing.