A Tennessee judge ordered a name change for a baby named “Messiah”. He was later fired after her decision was found unconstitutional on appeal—she had previously stated, “That title has only been earned by one person and that person is Jesus Christ.”
The Amondawa language has no word for “time”, or time periods such as “month” or “year”. The people do not refer to their ages, but rather assume different names in different stages of their lives or as they achieve different status within the community.
After the musician Prince changed his name to The Love Symbol “Ƭ̵̬̊” in 1993, he sent out custom 3.5 inch floppy disks to news/media outlets with strict instructions that contained a custom font that would replace the capital letter “P” with that symbol on the PC and Macintosh.
Kobe Bryant was named after Kobe beef, which his parents saw on a restaurant menu.
In 2002, a man in the UK legally changed his name to Playstation 2. He also attempted to marry his console.
In 1982, Zimbabwe passed a law banning citizens from making jokes about the surname of the President, Canaan Banana.
Whoopi Goldberg’s real name is Caryn Johnson. She has claimed Jewish ancestry, despite research showing no known Jewish ancestors. The Jewish Chronicle related an account of the name change where Whoopi’s mother thought her birth name was “not Jewish enough” for her to become a star.
Keanu Reeves almost renamed himself “Chuck Spadina” because some casting agents were resistant to having him come in for auditions because his first name was hard to pronounce and seemingly too exotic.
After four months of rejections Kim O’Grady added ‘Mr.’ to his name on resume/CV and almost immediately landed a job.
Children in Iceland are not allowed to have names with the letter “C” in them. All names must conform to rules of Icelandic language, which does not have the letter “C”.