People don’t always stick with their birth names. Religious conversions inspire the devout to choose a new moniker. Transgender people will choose a name that fits better. Actors choose names that sounds more “Hollywood.” And other people feel compelled to change their birth name for no reason beyond personal taste.
Take Ranea Crabtree, born Sheila, a mother of two teenagers from Ohio. Crabtree loathes her given name so much she will plead her case for a name change to a Licking County judge on February 11.
If Crabtree is successful, her new name will be Sexy Crabtree.
Her explanation: “I wear Victoria’s Secret clothes all the time,” Crabtree told the Columbus Dispatch. “I was like, ‘Shoot, I’ll just go for Sexy.’”
Well, it’s not like she was going to go with ‘Logical’ Crabtree.
Though, to be fair, ‘Sexy’ isn’t the weirdest name change in history. Two men from England changed their names from Daniel Knox-Hewson and Kelvin Borbidge to Emperor Spiderman Gandalf Wolverine Skywalker Optimus Prime Goku Sonic Xavier Ryu Cloud Superman HeMan Batman Thrash and Baron Venom Balrog Sabretooth Vader Megatron Vegeta Robotnik Magneto Bison Sephiroth Lex Luthor Skeletor Joker Grind, respectively, so.
Licking County’s Judge Hoover will decide whether Crabtree can demonstrate a “reasonable and proper cause” to get it approved. Hoover has previously approved quirky changes, like allowing someone to re-dub themselves “StoneKeepTalkingTree,” though he denied requests for name changes to “Winnie Pooh” and “Tasmanian Devil” so it seems like this could go either way.