Yes, you read that headline correctly.
In York, Nebraska, Tyler Gold has applied for and received permission to legally change his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Tyrannosaurus Rex “was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs that ever lived” according to National Geographic. It’s also one of the most well-known in popular culture, having made a splash on the big screen in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park.
Gold requested to change his name for business purposes, “because the (T-Rex designation) is cooler. Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable.”
State laws vary regarding legal name changes, but generally they must be approved by a court. In this instance, the presiding judge asked Gold whether he was changing his name to avoid creditors or legal proceedings. Gold answered in the negative and also assured the court that he had complied with the requisite notice procedures, and so the judge granted the request.
As of now, there is no word on whether his friends will call him T-Rex for short.
What do you think of this name change? Do you think it will help the business pursuits of Tyrannosaurus Rex?
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