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Tyrannosaurus Rex appears in US court

8th May 2012

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There’s often a lot to be said for the name you’re born with.

This wasn’t the case for 23-year-old Tyler Gold from Nebraska, though, who this afternoon allegedly changed his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex (according to Nebraska’s York News-Times).

The former Mr Gold appeared in York District County Court this morning to request his imaginative new moniker.

He decided to abandon his previous identity after deciding that “the (T-Rex designation) is cooler. Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable.”

TNS can’t argue with this. ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ literally means ‘tyrant lizard king’.

He denied that he was changing his name to hide from creditors or the law, before promptly leaving court officially as Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold.

He then proceeded to the number four trending spot on Twitter, where he remained for much of the afternoon. (As TNS writes, he's slipped to fifth).

In honour of the newly-named Tyrannosaurus TNS tracked down some other truly inspired name choices.  

Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii. The parents of this 9-year-old New Zealand girl lost custody of her in 2008, after it was decided that the name was likely to expose her to teasing (oh, really?). "The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name," the judge said.

Also in New Zealand, another judge banned a child from being named Sex Fruit...

...But elsewhere in the country, Number 16 Bus Shelter was given the ok. How the parents came up with this TNS doesn’t like to think about.

According to The Sun, Pleasant Titty was baptised in Margate in the late 18th Century. Baby Pleasant was named after her mother. Make of that number what you will.

Audio Science is the daughter of actress Shannyn Sossamon. We don’t get it.

Ditto Moon Unit, child of Frank Zappa.

Male. 3639 boys were named ‘Male’ in New York in 1994. That’s right, just in New York in one year. Apparently this came about because gender rather than name would be put on the birth certificate if parents were undecided. Evidently, some parents just didn’t bother to go back and change it.

@ in China, because apparently it looks like the Mandarin for ‘love him’. Of course. Unfortunately ‘@’ was not loved by the courts, which demanded that the parents choose a name that used actual letters.

Koriander. One woman changed her name to this common southern European herb, most often used to cook meat. She believed it suited her work as an artisan. TNS wonders if she realised she’d spelt it wrongly.

KentuckyFriedCruelty.Com was also allowed when presented to court. TNS is guessing the owner (real name Chris) wasn’t a big fan of a Bargain Bucket.

And suddenly, Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold starts to look particularly sensible. TNS wishes him luck.

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