The Quick 10: 10 Bizarre Name Changes

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Most of us cringe when we hear some of the names celebrities inflict on their kids - Moxie Crimefighter, Audio Science. But what about people who do it to themselves? Check out these 10 people who weren't satisfied with the "boring" names their parents gave them and decided to take matters into their own hands.

1. Buzz Lightyear. With Toy Story 3 recently coming out, this one almost sounds like a plant. But it's true - a 26-year-old mechanic from England decided Buzz Lightyear was a cooler name than Steve Bolton. "My girlfriend is going to love telling people she's going out with Buzz Lightyear," he said. Umm"¦ think again.

2 and 3. Bella and Edward Cullen. Proving that it's not just tweens and teens obsessed with the sparkly vampire trend, Bev and Steve Hart of North Wales changed their names to Bella and Edward Cullen. No word if any of their four children will be changing their names to "Renesmee."

4. John Rambo. Hey, it's OK if the former Stephen O'Rourke strolls through town wearing a bandana and camo and doing a pretty killer Stallone impression - he is Rambo, after all. O'Rourke changed his name 20 years ago after seeing all of the action-packed Sly films. "I thought Rambo was great and we were so similar I knew I was just the real-life version of the character. The name was the only thing missing and once I changed that I really was John Rambo." I beg to differ, but you can judge for yourself.

5. "The" Dan Miller Experience.

I actually kind of love this one. Akron, Ohio, native Dan Miller, now known as "The" (with quotation marks), decided to change his name simply because he found it funny.

6. Optimus Prime. I suspect there are a lot of men out there who secretly would like to change their names to Optimus Prime, but Ohioan Scott Nall actually did it as a 30th birthday present to himself. I wonder if the name would help or hurt on a resume.

7. Captain Fantasic. Well, really, that's just his first name. Optimus Prime probably feels silly that he just settled for one hero-based name. George Garratt now goes by Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. I think "Mr. Combined" might be the easiest way to address him.

8. MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander. And that's just the last half of it. The whole name is Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov. Andreas Jankov was his name before. Here's how the rest of the name breaks down: Julius is the name of a famous chimp at the Kristiansand Zoo in Norway; Arn is a Swedish movie about knights, Elessar and Gimli are from Lord of the Rings, and I assume you're all familiar with MacGyver, Chewbacka (it's unclear if the misspelling was intentional or not) and Highlander.

9. They. Yep, the former Andrew Wilson went completely the opposite direction. Instead of adding a string of names to his official moniker like Captain Fantastic and MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander, he decided to simplify to "They." He said he did it to poke fun of grammar, basically, as "They" totally messes up some phrases, such as when his friends call and say "Is They there?" when someone picks up the phone. They lives in Branson, Missouri.

10. Princess-Rainbow.com. I can almost get behind Princess Rainbow, but the .com throws me a bit. Claire Forshaw of Manchester, England, said, "I actually didn't think about it that much - I'd had a few drinks." Really? I'm shocked.

If you could change your name with no repercussions, what silly thing would you change it to?

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July 26, 2010 - 11:30am
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