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Top 10 People Whose Names Gave Them Problems

A couple of years in the past, a Vietnamese-Australian man referred to as Phuc Dat Bich uploaded a shot of his passport on Facebook and added a grievance concerning Facebook’s steady suspension of his account. Facebook thought his account was pretend as a result of Phuc Dat Bich sounded too unreal. The incident made worldwide headlines and was reported by a number of outstanding information companies.

Then got here the disclaimer: He had been crying wolf. The man later revealed that his identify wasn’t Phuc Dat Bich and Facebook by no means suspended his account. The entire factor was an elaborate hoax. Lucky him. For others, their names aren’t any joke and have prompted them some actual issues. Some have acquired loss of life threats and nearly been murdered for having the flawed identify.

10 Osama bin Laden

One Iraqi boy realized the implications of getting the flawed identify after he and his household acquired loss of life threats as a result of he shared a reputation with Osama bin Laden. When we are saying Osama bin Laden, we’re referring to the Al-Qaeda chief and never the rogue elephant that killed 27 individuals in India.

The unlucky Osama bin Laden in query was born in Alexandria, Iraq, in 2002. The US invaded Iraq a yr later, marking the start of his issues. He couldn’t depart his dwelling and even attend faculty due to his identify. He was additionally turned away at sport golf equipment and all the time needed to clarify himself every time he was requested for identification at checkpoints. Things acquired so horrible that his household acquired loss of life threats, forcing them to flee to Baghdad.

Several makes an attempt to vary his identify failed. Then Qassim al-Araji, Iraq’s Interior Minister, heard of his plight and supplied to assist him change his identify to Ahmed Hussein. Unfortunately, the boy named Osama bin Laden was electrocuted to loss of life 4 days earlier than the identification papers bearing his new identify arrived. An on-line publication reported his loss of life with the headline “Osama bin Laden Killed in Iraq.”[1]

9 Saddam Hussain

An Indian engineer referred to as Saddam Hussain was refused employment from over 40 jobs for no different motive than sharing a reputation with the previous Iraqi chief, Saddam Hussein. The Indian Saddam Hussain had his surname spelled “Hussain” (with an “a”), which isn’t the identical because the late Iraqi dictator Hussein (with an “e”).

But that meant nothing to his potential employers. Saddam Hussain later modified his identify to Sajid Hussain, however that solely worsened points as a result of it invalidated his instructional certificates.

Saddam Hussain was not the one individual to come across issues for sharing a reputation with the previous Iraqi chief. Another Saddam Hussein—who has the precise identify of the previous Iraqi chief and was unlucky to even be an Iraqi—was captured and nearly executed by an Iraqi militia due to his identify. He solely acquired away along with his life as a result of the weapon jammed.

A boy named Saddam Hussein was additionally taunted and bullied at school, whereas one man was fired from his job after he was accused of being a member of the Ba’ath occasion. The proof? He had named his son Saddam.

Still in Iraq, a extra unlucky Saddam Hussein has been having issues since lengthy earlier than Saddam Hussein (the president) was ousted from energy. Due to the younger boy’s identify, his schoolteachers held him to larger requirements than different college students and gave him extreme punishments every time he carried out beneath expectation.[2]

Thinking he can be higher appreciated, this unlucky Saddam Hussein joined the military. But he solely acquired into greater bother after an officer assaulted him for tarnishing and daring to share a reputation with the dictator Saddam. Things acquired worse after the dictator Saddam misplaced energy in 2003. The different Saddam tried altering his identify in 2006 however couldn’t afford the price and complication concerned.

eight Craig Cockburn

Spam filters assist to guard us from receiving malicious and unsolicited emails. But not for Craig Cockburn, whose messages have been all the time marked as spam as a result of his surname, Cockburn, contained a sure phrase. As if issues couldn’t get any worse, even the servers on the Scottish Tourist Board, the place he labored, all the time marked his messages as spam.

We solely acquired to listen to of Mr. Cockburn’s scenario after he despatched an e-mail concerning the problem to the San Jose Mercury News. To be certain that his e-mail didn’t find yourself within the spam folder, he wrote his identify as C0ckburn, changing the letter “o” with a zero, which is identical tactic utilized by spammers to beat spam filters.

Mr. C0ckburn isn’t the one one to come across issues for utilizing an harmless “cock.” The Age newspaper of Australia skilled the same downside when its spam filter refused to simply accept an e-mail from a reporter who was overlaying the Cock o’ the Bay yacht race.[3]

7 Robin Kills The Enemy

Facebook needs its customers to all the time use their actual names. But in 2009, it banned somebody for utilizing her actual identify. Initially, Facebook prevented the person, a Native American referred to as Robin Kills The Enemy, from signing up over considerations that Kills The Enemy was not her actual surname.

Robin migrated to Myspace however returned to Facebook as a result of most of her buddies have been there. Facebook turned down her registration makes an attempt once more till she merged her surname to Killstheenemy.

The merger got here with its personal issues. Robin’s surname was now meaningless, and her buddies had issues discovering her. When she emailed Facebook and requested to have her surname modified to Kills The Enemy, Facebook replied with a ban. After she requested for an evidence, Facebook informed her that they don’t enable pretend names and he or she might solely regain her account when she used her actual identify.

Kills The Enemy’s scenario is an ideal instance of the bigger downside going through Native Americans, who usually have odd-sounding names to others. Another Native American referred to as Melissa Holds The Enemy additionally had her account suspended for a month. So did Creeping Bear and Oglala Lakota Lance Brown Eyes.

Oglala Lakota Lance Brown Eyes offered identification to show that he used his actual identify. Facebook launched his account however not earlier than altering his identify to Lance Brown. Native Americans bypass this distinctive Facebook downside by merging their compound names into one identify, translating their names from Cherokee to English, and even omitting phrases from their names.[4]

6 Dr. Herman I. Libshitz

Sixty-nine-year-old Dr. Herman I. Libshitz and his spouse, Alison, have been making an attempt to improve their dwelling Internet service to DSL when Herman was required to supply an e-mail tackle and password to finish the setup. He entered the small print as required however was unsuccessful.

He made a name to Verizon, his Internet service supplier, and was knowledgeable that he couldn’t full the setup as a result of his surname, Libshitz, contained a sure phrase. The customer support agent didn’t point out the phrase, and we received’t point out it, both. Dr. Libshitz spoke with one other agent who suggested him to misspell his surname.

Dr. Libshitz refused and referred to as Verizon’s billing quantity to clarify his scenario. After biking him by means of varied brokers, they promised to name him again. They didn’t, however Verizon did despatched him a letter stating that he couldn’t use his surname as a result of “it didn’t comply with company rules.”

Dr. Libshitz was solely allowed to make use of his actual identify after a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist acquired in contact with a Verizon spokeswoman who agreed that the Libshitzes had made an affordable request. The spokeswoman acquired the corporate to make an exception to their coverage in opposition to utilizing objectionable names in e-mail addresses.[5]

5 Linda Callahan

Linda Callahan tried signing up for a Verizon e-mail tackle containing her surname however saved receiving an error message. She and her son, Ed, quickly realized that they may not create an e-mail tackle that contained their surname. Yahoo—which was servicing the e-mail for Verizon—didn’t enable accounts with names containing “Allah,” “Osama,” and “bin Laden,” amongst others.

Yahoo later defined that it started to cease customers from registering accounts containing names like “Allah” as a result of some earlier accounts had used sure names to advertise hate. Yahoo reversed the ban on “Allah,” however the upset Linda had already arrange an account with Gmail.[6]

four Adolf Hitler

An American man went to jail after naming at the least 5 of his kids for Adolf Hitler, the Aryan race, Heinrich Himmler (a prime officer of the Nazi Party), and Hitler’s girlfriend Eva Braun. The children have been referred to as Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie, Heinrich Hons, and Eva Braun. Eva is the opposite 4 kids’s stepsister.

The man, previously often called Isidore Heath Campbell, accomplished the entire thing by renaming himself Isidore Heath Hitler. His new initials, I.H.H., are believed to imply “I Hail Hitler.”

The household acquired nationwide consideration after a grocery store refused to jot down three-year-old Adolf Hitler’s identify on his birthday cake. Authorities took the kids into custody over what they described as “domestic abuse” and despatched Heath to jail on expenses of home violence.[7]

Heath served his time in that case however returned to court docket in an try and reclaim his kids. He was carrying a Nazi uniform. As of this writing, it doesn’t seem that Heath has regained custody of his children.

three Harry Baals

Fort Wayne, Indiana, discovered itself in a repair when it requested residents to vote for a brand new identify for a city-county constructing. Most residents voted for the constructing to be named after Harry Baals, a four-time mayor who had died in workplace in 1954. This prompted an issue for metropolis officers who weren’t prepared to call the constructing after the previous mayor.

City officers had nothing in opposition to Mayor Baals. It was simply that his surname, Baals, was pronounced “balls.” It didn’t assist that his first identify appeared like “hairy.” This had been a recurring joke within the county for years, and metropolis officers weren’t prepared to show their metropolis into the butt of all nationwide jokes.

They couldn’t pronounce the identify as “Bales,” both—which is what Baals’s descendants name themselves today—as a result of Harry Baals insisted that his identify be pronounced “balls.” Decades again when Baals was nonetheless mayor, a newscaster pronounced his identify as “Harry Bales” whereas studying the information. Mayor Baals phoned in 30 seconds after the printed to appropriate the pronunciation of his identify to “balls.”[8]

2 James Bond

James Bond, the fictional British Secret Service agent in Ian Fleming’s spy novels, is known as after an actual individual referred to as James Bond. The actual James Bond was an ornithologist (hen scientist) who labored at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences from the 1920s till 1989.

The actual James Bond additionally wrote a number of books concerning the birds he studied. One of the books was Birds of the West Indies (1936), from which Ian Fleming borrowed the scientist’s identify for his fictional character.

Fleming wished a boring identify for his character, and the real-life James Bond had the right moniker. However, the true James Bond was not very impressed with the way in which the fictional spy popularized his identify. In reality, the ornithologist began to seem like a copycat. At one airport, he was stopped by officers who informed him that his passport was pretend as a result of it bore his actual identify, James Bond.[9]

1 Isis Anchalee

Isis was a typical identify for women within the United States till the ISIS terrorist group got here alongside. In 2014, Isis dropped from the 705th most typical identify to the 1770th. One girl named Isis Anchalee found the bitter consequence of sharing a reputation with a terrorist group after Facebook banned her on suspicion of being a terrorist. She solely regained entry to her account after submitting her passport photograph thrice.[10]

Humans should not the one ones caught up within the Isis naming quagmire. Several companies named Isis suffered poor gross sales and elevated harassment, forcing many to vary their names. The proprietor of Isis Nails in New York City was serially harassed and infrequently reminded that ISIS minimize off individuals’s heads. She additionally noticed gross sales decline by 30 %, forcing her to vary the identify of her enterprise.

One Belgian chocolate maker, which had modified its identify from Italo Suisse to Isis, rapidly renamed itself Libeert after the corporate additionally skilled a severe drop in gross sales. Isis Pharmaceuticals modified its identify to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, whereas some TV characters and companies bearing the identify Isis have been written out of their respective sequence.


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