A gas consultant formerly known as Simon Smith, 33, has spiced his life by officially changing his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger, the Daily Mail is reporting.
Mr. Cheeseburger is one of a record 85,000 people in the U.K. who opted to change their names last year.
The change came about after a night out “drinking with buddies and the conversation was about names,” B.D. Cheeseburger said.
Bacon Double Cheeseburger was not a moniker celebrating his love for the greasy food.
“It was the most ridiculous thing I could think of at the time. My friends were equally supportive. Good friends would always support anything that makes you look silly.”
Even after sobering up, Cheeseburger has embraced his new identity and says that it has not affected his career as an oil and gas consultant. But he admits that he uses the former name, Simon Smith, on his resume and does not drop the bombshell until relevant documents are signed.
Fast food outlets have celebrated the man who calls himself Bacon Double Cheeseburger with Byron Hamburgers, a British burger chain, tweeting their delight to serve him a double at any of their outlets.
A man’s changed his name to Double Bacon Cheeseburger. To the Man Formerly Known As Sam Smith: your next one’s on us https://t.co/5wjQlBLLdR
— Byron (@byronhamburgers) February 22, 2016
What do his parents think? His father thinks it’s hilarious and is happy to address his son with his new name. His mother is furious that he would settle for something ridiculous, but Smith – er, Cheeseburger – doesn’t see what the big deal is.
“A name is given to you by somebody else; it is the least important part of your personality.”
Apparently, even his fiancé is having none of it, reluctant to be referred to as Isabella Cheeseburger. Bacon is trying to convince her but admits reverting back to Simon Smith to marry Isabella, 32, is a possibility.
Most of Britain’s name changes of 2015 went by without too much fuss. However, there were notable names in the mold of Cheeseburger that caught the eye. People have named themselves after cartoon characters and their favorite soccer players, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney.
A woman changed her middle name to Penelope Pitstop after the driver from the animated series Wacky Races. A couple opted for the name Mr. and Mrs. Amazing. Other people swapped their names for humorous handles like Happy Birthday, None of the Above, Sarge Metalfatigue, George Thomas the Tank Engine, Kerry Roses for Poses, John the Teddyboy Leeson, Simply My Love Poet, and Michael Connor Lightning Akimbo Wumbo Wigglesworth Pussyfoot Katzenjammer.
A few years ago, a man opted to add 12 Olympic gold medalists to his own. He became known as Thomas Steve Redgrave Matthew Pinsent Linford Christie Ian Thorpe Daley Thompson Chris Hoy Seb Coe Carl Lewis Steve Ovett Jonathan Edwards Ben Ainslie Usain Bolt Manly.
However, there are people who change names for serious reasons. Women can request for a new title to avoid an abusive partner. Transgender people can seek a different name that syncs with their new gender, and immigrants can submit applications to anglicize their names.
Additionally, there are people who are not fond of their original names, such as like Broomhead, Pussygalore, and Smellie, who opt for a change. A trend known as “meshing,” where newlyweds combine their surnames in a show of strength and equality, is also catching fast with people across the world. This has been a common occurrence in the U.S for over a decade. But it seems to be catching on in the U.K. with Britons like Mr. Pugh and Miss Griffin becoming Mr. and Mrs. Puffin.
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