Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii
July 30, 2008 1 Comment
This is from About.com : Babies & Toddlers :
From the story in the Telegraph:
A lawyer acting for the girl claimed she was so embarrassed by her name that she had kept it from her friends, insisting she should be known as ‘K’ instead. She also feared that if it became public she would be mocked and teased.
The lawyer claimed the girl fully understood the absurdity of her name, unlike her parents who had not considered the implications when they named her.
Justice Robert Murfitt said the name clearly presented a social hurdle for the child.
Read the rest of the story, too. It’s got lots of examples of names that folks have given their kids as well as names rejected by the New Zealand government. I’m also reading a book right now called Bad Baby Names which has some incredibly funny and sad (please don’t name your kid Typhus or Rubella) baby naming blunders.
It makes me think of the "Seinfeld" episode where Jerry couldn’t remember the name of the girl he was dating and she told him that it rhymed with a female body part. They spent the rest of the episode trying to figure it out. "Mulva?" Turns out it was Delores. It also makes me wonder how I would feel if the government wanted to tell me that I couldn’t give my child a name that they didn’t approve of. With the last name Brown, I had plenty of choices of odd baby names and being a strange girl with a bizarre sense of humor, some pretty entertaining ones came up during the initial phases of baby name negotiation. In the end, I chose a name that was pretty normal and had significance on both sides of our family. Certainly we won’t be having any upcoming days in court over it.
Then I think about that song, "Boy Named Sue," and I wonder if giving your kid a name like Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii might build character or prepare them for some serious adversity that they may face later in life. Maybe they’re doing a disservice by changing her name now. But… Nah.
Right now in the poll, almost half of you say that the court should be allowed to intervene in cases like this.
I agree with the court. I don’t for one minute think that their intervention was wrong, for the reason that the girl was so utterly embarrassed. If someone had a totally bizarre name, but was proud of it… maybe that would be a different story.
I disagree with the court. No one should have any rights over the parents unless the parents were causing harm to their children. A name does not cause harm. Why didnt the girl who obvously is smart just have people call her Talula or Mary or Jessica? My daughter’s name is Sunshine. Everybody told me that she would be made fun of. It is exactly the opposite. Everybody alwasy tells her how pretty her name is.