15 Legal Name Changes That Will Make You Laugh

Ron Artest made headlines in 2011 when he legally changed his name to Metta World Peace. The following names are even more absurd. Inspired by everything from religion to “Transformers,” these are absolutely 100 percent real.

New Name: Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Former Name: Simon Smith
Age: 33
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Reasoning: “It was the culmination of probably too many drinks in the pub where there was a conversation about names. Bacon Double Cheeseburger was pretty much the first thing that came up. Everyone loves bacon, don’t they?”

New Name: James Dr No From Russia With Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live And Let Die The Man With The Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View To A Kill The Living Daylights Licence To Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond
Former Name: David Fearn
Age: 23
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Reasoning: “I wanted to be James Bond and now I am. It’s the ultimate fantasy. I can’t wait for the first time somebody asks me what my name is.”

New Name: Megatron
Former Name: Jason Burrows
Age: 39
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Reasoning: “She [the judge] asked if my name change was to defraud creditors, I said ‘no.’ She asked if it would be detrimental to anyone else, I said ‘no.’ She then asked if I was indeed changing my middle name to that of my childhood hero, I smiled and said, ‘Yes, ma’am.'”

New Name: The Dan Miller Experience
Former Name: Dan Miller
Age: 24
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Reasoning: “I like to do little things in my life that amuse me. This amuses me.”

New Name: They
Former Name: Andrew Wilson
Age: 43
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Reasoning: “‘They do this,’ or ‘They’re to blame for that.’ Who is this ‘they’ everyone talks about? ‘They’ accomplish such great things. Somebody had to take responsibility.”

New Name: Jesus Christ
Former Name: Jose Luis Espinal
Age: 42
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Reasoning: “I am the person that is that name.”

New Name: Santa Claus
Former Name: David Lynn Porter
Age: 54
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Reasoning: “In the spirit of giving and caring for kids…I’ve always loved Christmas.”

New Name: Optimus Prime
Former Name: Scott Noll
Age: 36
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Reasoning: “My dad passed away the year before and I didn’t have anybody really around, so I really latched onto him when I was a kid … the other guys razzed me for three months to no end. They really dug into me about it.”

New Name: Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined
Former Name: George Garratt
Age: 19
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Reasoning: “I wanted to be unique. I decided upon a theme of superheroes.” Yeah, super unique.

New Name: Princess-Rainbow.com
Former Name: Claire Forshaw
Age: 24
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Reasoning: “When I realized it actually cost as little as £10, my boyfriend said that Princess-Rainbow.com was ideal for me because I am mad on rainbows!”

New Name: Tyrannosaurus Rex
Former Name: Tyler Gould
Age: 23
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Reasoning: “Because the (T-Rex designation) is cooler. Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable.”

New Name: Big Crazy Lester
Former Name: Joel Whittle
Age: 17
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Reasoning: “It’s like an alter ego.”

New Name: KentuckyFriedCruelty.com
Former Name: Christopher Garnett
Age: 19
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Reasoning: “Pretty much everyone still calls me Chris. Some of the people at the office call me Ken or Tuck. But the funny thing about the name change is, regardless of what people call me, every time I go to pay for something, I show someone my ID, and I’m able to tell them about how KFC is, you know, cutting the beaks off baby birds and how their workers are slamming chickens into a wall, kicking them like footballs and laughing about it. And people are pretty shocked to hear about this sort of thing.”

New Name: In God We Trust
Former Name: Steve Kreuscher
Age: 65
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Reasoning: According to the Associated Press, “He says the new name symbolizes the help God gave him during tough times and says he can’t wait to begin signing his artwork with the new moniker.”

New Name: Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop
Former name: Jeffrey Wilschke
Age: 34
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Reasoning: Schizophrenia.