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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Those Crazy Latvians

More than 400 people in Latvia changed their names during the first half of 2006. This is one of those rare instances when Latvian bureaucratic news is interesting.

A girl wanted to change her name to Michura Satori only because she is studying Japanese, while an artist wanted to rename himself as Neliesu Kavejs, which in English means Slayer of Villains. Several people had expressed a wish to take the name of popular Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls, but their requests were rejected on the grounds that this would affect the interests of a third party. Authorities also turned down the request of a man who wanted to be renamed as Adolf Hitler. [Link]

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