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Tesla Motors May Have Name Change in the Works

One major tell: acquisition of www.tesla.com

(Newser) - Tesla Motors is more than just cars—and with its most recent domain-name acquisition, it may soon get a new company name to reflect that, Business Insider reports. On Saturday, CEO Elon Musk tweeted : "Just wanted to thank Stu G for tesla.com. Know it meant a lot to... More »

Guy Changes Name to 'Bacon Double Cheeseburger'

'No regrets,' says British man

(Newser) - We get that if your name is Simon Smith, you might long for more exotic nomenclature. But this British bloke admits his recent name change was "the culmination of probably too many drinks in the pub," per the Evening Standard . Smith, now officially known as Mr. Bacon Double... More »

What the Lava Lamp Company Makes Now

Newly-named Lifespan Brands does party supplies, bathroom scales

(Newser) - The company that brought you the world famous Lava Lamp is changing its name: To better reflect its products, which now include a mix of party supplies and bathroom scales, Illiniois-based Lava Lite has rebranded itself Lifespan Brands. "We've grown the Lava Lite business, and buyers at stores... More »

Harvard Students Won't Call Faculty 'Master' Anymore

Association with slavery leads faculty to seek a new name for the '21st century'

(Newser) - House "masters"—the faculty member attached to each of Harvard's undergrad residences—will soon be no more after a unanimous vote by the 12 people who currently hold the title, the Harvard Crimson reports. Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana made the announcement at Tuesday's monthly meeting... More »

Woman Unable to Log Into Facebook Goes to Extremes

Trying to avoid unwanted friend requests led to woes for Jemma Rogers

(Newser) - Is being able to get onto Facebook worth losing your name over? To Jemmaroid Von Laalaa, the answer was yes. The UK woman's real name used to be Jemma Rogers, but she came up with the Von Laalaa pseudonym in 2008 when she created her account to avoid being... More »

Brides Say 'I Do' (Not Take Your Name)

Women keeping their maiden names on the rise again: 'NYT' study

(Newser) - The 1970s heralded a feminist-driven wave of brides who kept their maiden names, but that trend dived in the 1980s, when new wives started using their husbands' name again. Now, a New York Times analysis, the number of maiden-name-retaining women is surpassing that of the '70s. Using Google Consumer... More »

Spanish Town Decides 'Kill Jews' Isn't Great Name

The Castrillo Matajudios name dates back to the Spanish Inquisition

(Newser) - The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios—which means "Camp Kill Jews"—officially changed its name today back to the original Castrillo Mota de Judios ("Jews' Hill Camp") following a referendum and regional government approval. The village of about 50 inhabitants voted to change the name... More »

Virginia, NC Ready to End 63-Year Lake Dispute

It looks as though they may finally agree on a name

(Newser) - For 63 years a lake on the North Carolina-Virginia line has suffered from an identity crisis—and visitors have gotten whiplash. Now, after decades of disagreement about the lake's name, Virginia may finally be ready to yield. To Virginians, it's always been Buggs Island Lake, ever since the... More »

7 Celebs Who Changed Their Names

Demetria Guynes? Who's that?

(Newser) - Sometimes you're born with a name that seems destined for bright lights ... and sometimes you're just not. ETOnline rounds up celebrities who changed their birth names:
  • Joaquin Phoenix: Born Joaquin Rafael Bottom, his parents changed the family's last name after leaving the "Children of God" religion
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Man's First Name Is 63 Words Long

First word: Kim-Jong

(Newser) - And you thought "Lianne Madonna Vogue On The Cover Of A Magazine McHale Dawson" was an unusual name. A Swedish 25-year-old lays claims to what the Local speculates may be the world's longest name; it holds the record in Sweden. Though the former Alexander Ek goes by Papah... More »

Woman Trying to Change Her Name to 'Sexy'

Ranea Crabtree goes before the judge next month in Ohio

(Newser) - While lots of folks might want to be known as sexy, one woman in Ohio wants to be known as Sexy, with a capital S. Yes, Ranea Crabtree will appear before a judge next month to request the name change, reports the Columbus Dispatch . Her real first name is actually... More »

Lobbyists' Lobbyists: Don't Call Us Lobbyists

New name: Association of Government Relations Professionals?

(Newser) - The American League of Lobbyists is tired of being stereotyped. "Everybody has that misconception that lobbyists are walking around with a pocketful of cash and that’s about it," says group head Monte Ward. In fact, these days, the group notes that lobbyists affect the political process in... More »

Parents Can Name Baby 'Messiah,' Judge Rules

Says original judge acted unconstitutionally by ordering name change

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman will be allowed to name her 8-month-old son "Messiah," a judge ruled today, overturning an order from another judge who said the boy's name should be changed to Martin because "'Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ."... More »

Fergie Changes First, Last Names

Stacy Ann Ferguson becomes Fergie Duhamel

(Newser) - Fergie's name is now officially ... Fergie. The singer, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, on Friday changed her name to Fergie Duhamel, TMZ reports. She and actor Josh Duhamel have been married since 2009 , and now they're expecting a baby . Josh Duhamel talked to E! about his soon-to-be-born son over... More »

Tenn. Judge: Baby Can't Be Named 'Messiah'

She names child 'Martin' instead

(Newser) - According to one Tennessee judge, only one person in history deserves the name "Messiah"—so on Thursday she changed a 7-month-old's name to Martin instead. "The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that... More »

Sandusky Son Wants New Name

As $60M victim settlement is approved

(Newser) - Matt Sandusky appears to want no association with the adoptive father he says sexually abused him , including one by name. The son of Jerry Sandusky has asked the Centre County Court in Pennsylvania to change his name, along with those of his wife and four children, the AP reports. No... More »

27 Celebs' Real Names

Does Vincent Damon Furnier sound like a rocker's name?

(Newser) - Alice Cooper wasn't actually born with his female-sounding name; his parents dubbed him Vincent Damon Furnier. Radar lists the real names of 26 more stars:
  • Chuck Norris: Carlos Ray
  • Sting: Gordon Sumner
  • Kirk Douglas: Issur Danielovitch
  • Jodie Foster: Alicia Christian Foster
  • Hulk Hogan: Terry Jean Bollette
  • George Michael: Georgios
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How I Stopped Being 'Lindsay,' and Became 'Silas'

Silas Hansen writes about his journey

(Newser) - Silas Hansen was called "Lindsay," the name his parents gave him when he was born a girl, for 24 years—but the name never felt like his. "When I look in the mirror, I don’t see a Lindsay. I never have," Hansen writes in a... More »

Livestrong Ditches Armstrong's Name

Had officially been called Lance Armstrong Foundation

(Newser) - The Livestrong Foundation's official name was the Lance Armstrong Foundation—until Oct. 30. That day, Texas' secretary of state approved the cancer charity's bid to change its name, in a move to further distance itself from the cyclist who recently cut ties to the group . Henceforth, the Livestrong... More »

Jermaine Jackson Changing Name—to Jacksun

Something about 'artistic reasons'...

(Newser) - Jermaine Jackson is following in the footsteps of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Metta World Peace, and Chad Ochocinco. But unlike them, he's changing just one single letter of his name: He filed a legal request to become Jermaine Jacksun, TMZ reports. No word from Jackson—a judge... More »

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