Re: Transparency Rant

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Thu Aug 16 2001 - 08:16:24 MDT

KPJ wrote:
> |Why is that hard to believe? Many extropians have
> |legally changed their names...
> |
> |I wasn't born Loree Thomas.
> If person X Y. Z wanted to change its name to something else
> in the U.S. of A., how hard is it?
> Names like Zero Powers would not be valid (in Sweden), as they do not follow the
> local customary name forms. Loree Thomas would probably fall on the
> fact that "Thomas" is a first name, _unless_ you can prove that some of
> your parents/ancestors used it as a surname.

Actually, the rules are a bit more lenient here (no surprise). I knew of
one fellow in Seattle who changed his name to "Mike The Mover", and was
elected to the state legislature to boot. The only real restriction on
names is to have a first name that is the same as a title of nobility or
military rank. There are people named Seargent, spelled differently from
Sergeant, but you can't use officer's ranks, or titles of nobility in
your first name (though there are surnames like King, Duke, Baron, Lord,
etc that are widely used), like "Major Seaman", the first name would be
illegal, while the surname would be legal.

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