Petitioner Had the Right to Change His Name to Santa Claus

February 13, 2012

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269 NamesPetitioner had the right to change his name to “Santa Claus,” as there was no sufficient likelihood of confusion, misunderstanding, substantial mischief, or concern that some would be unwilling to sue a person with such a name; petitioner conducted charitable and business activities in the Santa Claus persona, and the name change would allow him to better conduct those activities, and he already told others he was Santa Claus.

In re Porter, 31 P.3d 519 (Utah 2001)
Suggested by David J. Ladwig, Compliance Analyst; Paychex, Inc.; Rochester, NY