What’s in a name?

Ima Hogg

Ima Hogg

The boy they call “Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred” is finally getting a new name. His father named the boy “Fined,” etc., nearly 20 years ago, as a way of protesting the 6,500-dong fine (40 cents U.S.) he had to pay for breaking the two-children-per-family policy in Vietnam. The poor guy had to suffer 19 years of ridicule because of a 40-cent fine?!? The 19-year-old’s father recently succumbed to appeals by Vietnamese government officials to change his son’s name to Mai Hoang Long, meaning “Golden Dragon.” Much cooler, buddy. In honor of Fined’s new name, here’s a list of some of the more interesting names parents have come up with for their children.


Ima Hogg (the daughter of James Stephen Hogg, former Texas governor)

Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette (the daughter of magician Penn Jillette)

Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf Lee (the son of actor Jason Lee)

Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue (the actress better known as Poppy Montgomery)

Shanda Lear (the daughter of Bill Lear, founder of Lear Jet Inc.)


Adolf Lu Hitler R. Marak (India)

Depressed Cupboard Cheesecake (England)

Jon Blake Cusack Version 2.0 (Michigan)

Oliver Google Kai (Sweden)

Rafferty Bob Ash Chewbacca Peate (England)Sources: The Associated Press, Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org), Detroit Free Press (www.freep.com) and The Shropshire Star (www.shropshirestar.com).