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Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii

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♫ Penny €

♫ Penny € Report 24 Jul 2008 11:29

This is an interesting name for future genealogists :-)

♫ Penny €

♫ Penny € Report 24 Jul 2008 11:29

A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated - Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

Judge Rob Murfitt said that the name embarrassed the nine-year-old and could expose her to teasing.

He attacked a trend of giving children bizarre names, citing several examples.

Officials had blocked Sex Fruit, Keenan Got Lucy and Yeah Detroit, he said, but Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and Midnight Chardonnay had been allowed.

One mother wanted to name her child O.crnia using text language, but was later persuaded to use Oceania, he said.

The ruling, in the city of New Plymouth on the North Island, was handed down in February but only made public now.

Allowed: Violence; Number 16 Bus Shelter; Midnight Chardonnay; Benson and Hedges (twins)
Blocked: Yeah Detroit; Stallion; Twisty Poi; Keenan Got Lucy; Sex Fruit; Fat Boy; Cinderella Beauty Blossom; Fish and Chips (twins)

The name issue emerged during a custody hearing for the young girl - who had refused to tell her friends her name and went simply by "K".

"The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name," Judge Murfitt wrote.

"It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily."

Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii's name has now been changed and the custody case resolved, court officials said.

New Zealand does not allow names that would cause offence or that are longer than 100 characters, Registrar-General Brian Clarke said.

Contrary Mary

Contrary Mary Report 24 Jul 2008 11:41

I feel sorry for the poor girl..........but I can't help laughing all the same lol


Bluesavannah Report 24 Jul 2008 12:04

i cant believe some of the names that are allowed....number 16 bus shelter??


Bobtanian Report 24 Jul 2008 13:49

like where the conception occured?

al la Beckhams':?


Bobtanian Report 24 Jul 2008 13:49

back of a ford orion?

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom

ஐ+*¨^¨*+e+*¨^¨*+ஐ Mildred Honkinbottom Report 24 Jul 2008 14:20

I jusr saw that on sky news tv interactive

Gave me a real larf "Number 16 Bus Shelter"


How about something like this

"Behind the Dog & Duck dustbins Bognor Regis "