Saturday, 11 August 2007

People's Names

There is the man with five forename and a six-barrelled surname - Leone Sextus Denys Oswulf Fraduati Tollemache-Tollemache-de Orellana-Plantagenet-Tollemache-Tollemache.

The Duke of Windsor had seven christian names - Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, and Queen Mary had eight - Victoria Mary Augusta Louisa Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes.

There was a case a few years ago of a man who, after a dispute with his bank, changed his name to "Yorkshire Bank PLC Are Fascist Bastards". He insisted that they pay the 69p balance in his account by a cheque made out to his new name.

It seems that Britain applies the following rules for names adopted under the Deed Poll system:
- it must be pronounceable;
- it must not contain digits or symbols;
- it may contain hyphens to link names and/or apostrophes (e.g. O'Brien), but otherwise must not contain punctuation marks.
Nothing is said, it seems, about the number or length of name elements or the whole name, and there appears to be no restriction about the use of diacritic marks.

Curious surname pronunciations
- 'Auchinlech' - 'Af-lek'
- 'Belvoir' - 'Beaver'
- 'Featherstonehaugh' - 'Fanshaw'
- 'Marjoribanks' - 'Marchbanks'
- 'Theobald' - 'Tibbald'
- 'Woolfhardisworthy' - 'Woolsey'

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