Can anyone top this?

I knew a guy with a very long double-barreled surname. It was so long that it didn’t fit on his graduation certificate. We used to joke with his girlfriend at the time that if she married him, perhaps they’d have to have a very, very long triple-barreled surname. The relationship didn’t last, so she escaped that fate.

Anyway, I thought I’d seen it all, but the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog has discovered a lawsuit in which the name of the plaintiff is: Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Digadong Sahibul Mal Pengiran Muda Haji Jefri Bolkiah. (The plaintiff is known to his friends as “Prince Jefri” of the Sultanate of Brunei).

Here is the Complaint, just in case you think I’m kidding. I guess the older and more distinguished your family is, the more you collected names.

I have tried to discover what the longest name in the world is. The 1978 Edition of the Guinness Book of Records apparently says:

The longest name used by anyone is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff, Senior, who was born at Bergedorf, near Hamburg, Germany, on 29 Feb. 1904. On printed forms he uses only his eighth and second Christian names and the first 35 letters of his surname. The full version of the name of 590 letters appeared in the 12th edition of The Guinness Book of Records. He now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., and has shortened his surname to Mr. Wolfe + 585, Senior.

However, it’s not clear whether this is a hoax or not. It just seems a bit too much like Monty Python’s “famous German composer” for my liking (namely  Johann Gambolputty-de-von-Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crass-cren-bon-fried-
mittleraucher-von-Hautkopft of Ulm.

Still, it would be interesting if Mr Wolfe+585 decided to sue anyone.

(Via WSJ Law Blog)



Filed under crazy stuff, law firms

2 responses to “Can anyone top this?

  1. What IS the practice when two people with double-barrelled surnames get married? Presumably if they were important enough to save in the first place, they’re still important enough to save a generation on?

    I have friends who have TWO surnames, because the hyphen would have been ‘tacky’. Hmm…

  2. Hm, if it’s Watson-Richards and Wilson-Thomas (for example, just plucked those names out of my head) should the newlywed couple become Watson-Richards-Wilson-Thomas? Or Watson-Thomas (half of one, half of the other?)

    It depends on the onomatopoeia of the surnames too. I never even considered hyphenating my surname after I married because my husband’s and my surname don’t sound good together (doesn’t matter whose goes first).

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