Teenager changes name to Captain Fantastic

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Teenager changes name to Captain Fantastic

Post by dineshray on Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:43 pm

A music graduate from Glastonbury could be the holder of the longest name in the world after he legally changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster than Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Wolverine, Hulk and the Flash Combined.

Nineteen-year-old George Garratt changed his name by deed poll online for ten pounds. He told website thisissomerset.com that he had originally decided to change his name for a bit of a laugh and, once he had decided upon a superhero theme, has simply added the monikers suggested by his friends to form one huge name.

Garratt was pleasantly surprised to learn that his new name was the longest in the UK and possibly even the world. On the downside, his grandmother hasn’t spoken to him since he changed his name.

Guinness World Records do not monitor a category for the world’s longest personal name. However, the longest name to appear on a birth certificate is for a Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshenk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams, born in Texas on September 12, 1984.

George Garratt isn’t the first person to hit the headlines for possessing an unlikely name. In June 2008, Swedish tax authorities informed a couple that they could not call their baby daughter Elvis as it was an inappropriate name for a girl. Another Swedish family eventually won the right to name their daughter Metallica after a protracted battle with the authorities in 2007.

Outside Sweden, parents who have chosen unlikely names for their children haven’t faired as well. In December 2007, Italian judges ruled that Mara and Roberto Germano could not call their newborn baby Friday as the moniker could make the child a potential laughing stock in later life.

In August 2007, Pat and Sheena Wheaton were told by New Zealand government officials that they couldn’t name their baby 4Real as it contained a digit. The couple simply reconsidered and re-named their child Superman.


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