Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/05/mr_otoole/

My name really is Ivan O'Toole, admits Ivan O'Toole

Parents, eh?

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 5th September 2008 10:43 GMT

The regular readers among you will know we're a bit fond of stories relating to parents who slap their sprogs with ill-advised or downright perverse names, as evidenced by the cases of 4Real, Metallica, @, John Blake Cusack Version 2.0, Renault Megane and, spectacularly, Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

Well, this in-depth coverage caught the eye of one Ivan O'Toole, who sent an email* simply stating: "my name really is Ivan O'Toole".

Note the lower-case "m" there, which adds to the melancholy evoked by the missive's brevity. We can only imagine the lifetime's suffering behind this lonely line of text, and can merely offer condolences and the advice that Mr O'Toole resist the temptation to call his daughter Plenty. ®

Bootnote

*The email was indeed from one ivan.otoole@...