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What's in a name? 161 words


Dawn McManus, of Hartlepool, England, legally changed her name to include 161 words. She might have trouble fitting it in a passport.


Peter Macdiarmid

Dawn McManus, of Hartlepool, England, might get cramps in her hand when she tries to sign her whole name.

McManus legally changed her name to include 161 words.

"Officially I should be called Red, but I appreciate some people will find it hard to embrace the change," she said, according to the BBC.

McManus, 41, promised to change her name in order to encourage fundraising for her charity, called Red Dreams. And her new name includes the name of her charity as well.

The name she registered is:

"Red Wacky League Antlez Broke the Stereo Neon Tide Bring Back Honesty Coalition Feedback Hand of Aces Keep Going Captain Let's Pretend Lost State of Dance Paper Taxis Lunar Road Up Down Strange All and I Neon Sheep Eve Hornby Faye Bradley AJ Wilde Michael Rice Dion Watts Matthew Appleyard John Ashurst Lauren Swales Zoe Angus Jaspreet Singh Emma Matthews Nicola Brown Leanne Pickering Victoria Davies Rachel Burnside Gil Parker Freya Watson Alisha Watts James Pearson Jacob Sotheran Darley Beth Lowery Jasmine Hewitt Chloe Gibson Molly Farquhar Lewis Murphy Abbie Coulson Nick Davies Harvey Parker Kyran Williamson Michael Anderson Bethany Murray Sophie Hamilton Amy Wilkins Emma Simpson Liam Wales Jacob Bartram Alex Hooks Rebecca Miller Caitlin Miller Sean McCloskey Dominic Parker Abbey Sharpe Elena Larkin Rebecca Simpson Nick Dixon Abbie Farrelly Liam Grieves Casey Smith Liam Downing Ben Wignall Elizabeth Hann Danielle Walker Lauren Glen James Johnson Ben Ervine Kate Burton James Hudson Daniel Mayes Matthew Kitching Josh Bennett Evolution Dreams."

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According to the Hartlepool Mail, the charity was set up after the death of McManus' 16-year-old son, Kyle, who died in 2007. Kyle died of a brain tumor and his parents, Dawn and Ian, set up Red Dreams to nurture youngsters with a passion for the arts.

The new name was registered via The Legal Deed Poll Service, and a spokesperson, Tina Clough, said, "We have processed a number of crazy name changes to date, but this is the longest one on record," according to the BBC.

The BBC noted that she might run into trouble trying to fit her new name on bank cards and her passport.

According to Time, just in January, a Scotland man, who went by Nicholas Usansky, claimed the title for longest name for a living person after changing it to "Barnaby Marmaduke Aloysius Benjy Cobweb Dartagnan Egbert Felix Gaspar Humbert Ignatius Jayden Kasper Leroy Maximilian Neddy Obiajulu Pepin Quilliam Rosencrantz Sexton Teddy Upwood Vivatma Wayland Xylon Yardley Zachary Usansky."

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