A happy sign that people in other countries also make terrible parenting decisions: A New Zealand man and woman has lost custody of their daughter because they named her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii, according to CNN and virtually every other website reporting news of the weird. My understanding is that the girl is only temporarily becoming a ward of the court so that the it can legally change her name. The girl apparently so hated her name that she simply went by “K,” thought I wonder why “Tallie” was never a viable option.
The ruling judge in the case opined that saddling kids with rotten names can set them up for a fall — or at least fill their lives with more hurdles than their more typically named counterparts would face. (I have to argue, however, that theoretically acceptable names like “Ethyline” and “Mortimer” would prove nearly as difficult as “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.”) Among other names dinged by Judge Rob Murfitt: “twins named Benson and Hedges — after a brand of cigarettes; Violence; and Number 16 Bus Shelter.” The CNN article also mentions that the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages — of New Zealand, I'd guess — had rejected other odd names, including “Fish and Chips,” “Yeah Detroit,” “Stallion,” “Twisty Poi” (a staple food in Polynesian cuisine), and “Sex Fruit.” How the Kiwi moniker administrators rejected these and accepted “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii” is beyond me. “Stallion” isn't even that bad, comparatively.
“Murfitt,” by the way, is kind of a terrible last name. I can only imagine how his school chums would have mocked it during his playground days.