Some Jamaicans over 50 are having trouble proving that they were born.
Large numbers of children were born without their births ever being registered. Some were registered, but with errors in the spelling of names that resulted in later problems. Others were registered, but without names.Ridiculous? Perhaps, but not unprecedented. Mrs. John E. Barclay established in a 1968 TAG article that a cousin of mine, Jonathan Dunham of Edgartown, Mass., had two adult sons named Jonathan, each by a different wife. "It was not uncommon," she wrote, "where there were two wives for each to name a son after his father, even if the first was still living."
In at least one ridiculous case, two sisters of different mothers but the same father, were given the same Christian and surnames and so registered. [Link]
And be careful who you call "ridiculous." Heavyweight grillmaster George Foreman named all five of his sons "George Edward Foreman," and a daughter "Georgette."