NAME GAME

August 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.”

— Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Mississippi chancery courts have jurisdiction pursuant to MCA § 93-17-1 ” … upon the petition of any person to alter the name of such person … ”

As you can probably imagine, most name changes are prosaic affairs involving restoration of a maiden name, or conforming a child’s surname to that of a parental figure, or even correcting spelling.

Some are not so mundane, though. I was presented with a name change that also sought to change the petitioner’s ethnicity. I did change the name, but drew the line at the ethnicity-change until the petitioner could present me with authority allowing me to do so. I’m still waiting.

A post in Futility Closet informs that in 1944, a San Francisco judge refused to let Tharnmidsbe L. Praghustspondgifcem change his name.

He’d asked to change it to Miswaldpornghuestficset Balstemdrigneshofwintpluasjof Wrandvaistplondqeskycrufemgeish.

The man, whose given name was Edward L. Hayes, had requested the first change in order “to do better in my business and economic affairs.” Evidently he felt he hadn’t gone far enough.

But the judge did.

I haven’t been presented with anything that outré — yet — but every day is a new day with new and unexpected challenges and exhilarations. Who knows what Monday will bring.

Have an interesting weekend.

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