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Danish officials foil man’s bid to change name to Superhero

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Danish officials foil man’s bid to change name to Superhero

Danish officials have dashed the hopes of a Copenhagen toy store owner who wanted to call himself Superhero. However, like a true superhero, he isn’t giving up without a fight.

BBC News reports that 26-year-old Benjamin Preisler Herbst hoped to tack “Superhero” onto the beginning of his name, as so much of his life revolves around comic book characters. But after a four-month review, authorities rejected his request, writing, “The word superhero is a term for a fictional/non-existent figure. We don’t believe that Superhero lives up to the criteria for being approved as a boy’s name.”

Under Denmark’s strict Law on Personal Names, designed to protect children from their parents’ whims (and the resulting ridicule), choices are limited to 7,000 pre-approved names. If a parent wants to get creative, it requires special permission of the local church, followed by government review. According to The New York Times, of the 1,100 names reviewed each year, 15 percent to 20 percent are rejected, mostly for odd spellings.

While Herbst said he recognizes the reasoning behind the law, he doesn’t think it should apply to adults. “I fully understand that people under 18 should be protected from being named silly names by their parents,” he told the BBC. “But I think it should be up to adults to change their own name to whatever they want.”

To that end, Herbst has launched an online petition that he hopes will convince officials to reconsider their decision. After all, if they can approve Jiminico and Fee, why not Superhero?

(via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tags:
Denmark, fandom, legal
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