I'm truly sorry for the nine-year-old New Zealand girl who had to go to court to change her name.
What's in a name? Quite a lot if you're called Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
That's the unfortunate appellation a girl was given by her parents - but now a New Zealand judge has ordered that the nine-year-old, who is at the centre of a custody battle, should become a ward of court until she can choose a name she really likes.
The girl's lawyer said she told people her name was 'K' because she feared being mocked and teased.
Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt said: 'The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name. It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily.'
Murfitt cited a list of unfortunate names that he said were embarrassing or made children seem foolish among their peers.
Some names, including Fish and Chips (twins), Yeah Detroit, Stallion, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit, were blocked by registration officials, he said.
But others were allowed, including Number 16 Bus Shelter, Midnight Chardonnay, Benson and Hedges (twins) 'and tragically, Violence,' the judge said.
Murfitt ordered that the court take custody of the girl until the name could be formally changed, which has since occurred and the custody dispute settled, Family Court Manager Midge Shaw said Thursday.
What on earth were her parents thinking of? Didn't they think that their icky idea for a name might cause their daughter embarrassment? And why did they resist any change to the extent that she had to go to court to overrule them?
Some people just aren't fit to have kids . . .