In Georgia, young parents are still trying to obtain a legal birth certificate for their two year old daughter in the name of Zalykha Graceful Lorraina Allah — and it’s the “Allah” part that is running afoul of Georgia authorities. Zalykha as an older brother Masterful Mosirah Aly Allah, who was given a birth certificate. But apparently sensibilities in Georgia have changed.
“Allah” is not the family name of these unmarried parents, who are Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk. In Georgia, a child’s surname is supposed to be consistent with the parents’ names or some combination thereof, and consistent with bona fide cultural naming convention. The ACLU has taken up the case.
People name their kids some crazy things. Does anyone remember Moon Unit and Dweezil Zappa?
There isn’t much consistency from state to state, and legal pundits think these parents will eventually win their case. Then these kids will have to live with their names, Allah #1 and Allah #2. Parental rights, and freedom of speech, and all that. Dweezil and Moon seem to have grown up all right with their odd names, and I suspect these children will too. But, if your name fits more conventional norms, aren’t you glad you didn’t have to?