Friday, July 25, 2008

"Number 16 Bus Shelter"

Believe it or not, that's a birth name given by parents to their child in New Zealand. Other names: Violence. Benson and Hedges. Fish and Chips. And the subject of a court case that ultimately had the child taken from her parent's custody: "Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii."

This is the story from the Canberra Times:

Parents make fools of their children by giving them eccentric names, a New Zealand judge says.

Family Court judge Rob Murfitt launched the attack after finding a girl had been named Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

He ordered the girl, the subject of a custody battle, to be placed in court guardianship so her name could be changed.

A lawyer had reported the nine-year-old was so embarrassed about her name that she had not revealed it to her friends and was otherwise known as ''K''.

The girl feared being mocked and teased, and had a better insight than her parents, who appeared not to have given any thought to the implications of the name, the lawyer said.

Judge Murfitt, who made written findings on the issue public, cited other names such as Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and twins Benson and Hedges.

''Recently, for the first time in my experience as a Family Court judge, the name of a child described in text language has emerged,'' he said.

As to us over here, remember A Rhose by Any Other Name?


  1. Yes.
    I really hate it when they add the atrocious "H" to their names as if it will sound better.

  2. Just out of curiosity,is Number 16 Bus Shelter a male or female?

  3. Anonymous: their choice, really. At least it's not as bad as "Number 16 Bus Shelter."

    Robert: now we'll never really know. Perhaps we can ask Thomas the Train... ;-)