Name Change Prank

Robert Ashton and Aisling Davis have been playing tricks on each other for years. But when Robert dyed Aisling's hair blonde while she was asleep, she decided she needed to come up with something big to get him back. What she eventually dreamed up was to legally change Robert's name... to "Ima Stapler." The Halifax Courier reports:

Aisling, of Sowerby Bridge, decided to take her revenge. She knew someone who had recently changed their middle name by deed poll and wondered if it would be possible to change a name without that person knowing.
"Some friends and I thought of different names but Ima Stapler was the one that made us laugh the most," said Aisling, a teaching assistant of Burnley Road, Sowerby Bridge
"I've known him for a long time so I had most of his details. To be honest I thought it would be more difficult.
"I wouldn't have been able to do it to anyone else."

Apparently a "deed poll" is a legal document used in England to change one's name. It seems a bit scary that she was able to get away with this. Imagine what an identity thief could do.

But Robert, aka Ima Staper, says he thinks it's funny and has no plans to change his name back.

The Halifax Courier also reports that more than 40,000 people changed their name by deed poll last year: "New names issued included Jellyfish Mc-Saveloy, Toasted T Cake, Nineteen Sixty-Eight, Hong Kong Phooey, Daddy Fantastic, One-One-Eight Taxi, Ting A Ling, Huggy Bear, Donald Duck and Jojo Magicspacemonkey."

Identity/Imposters Pranks

Posted on Wed Jan 09, 2008


Back in the 80's when I was a wacky morning drive radio DJ, I came very close to changing my name to Mack Trucks.

The Mack Truck company was moving most of its jobs from the Lehigh Valley where I was broadcasting to a southern state with "right to work" laws. I decided that if I could find someone to legally change his name to Mack Trucks, then Bethlehem could continue to call itself The Home of Mack Trucks.

I found a bodybuilder who was willing to change his name (the radio station was going to pay for the legal expenses). At the last minute, his girlfriend talked him out of it. Since I had talked this thing up so much (even getting publicity in USA Today), I felt honor bound to make it happen. I was going to change my own name, but my wife threatened divorce if I followed through. Oh well.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  01:57 AM
My husband changed his last name by Deed Poll to his mother's maiden name as his dad is a complete asshat and Christian didn't want anything to do with him any more.
I doubt anyone would be able to change someone else's name here though. Privacy laws have become so stupid that you can't even pay the car rego for anyone else now, let alone submit legal documents for them.
It'd be interesting to try though...
Posted by Nettie  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  02:21 AM
A deed poll is not actually a legal requirement for changing your name in england, as your name is not legally binding. Technically all you need to do is start using your new name, although it is generally advisable to get a letter from a GP or Bank stating that "N" is now known as "X";. A deed poll is just another way of doing this
Posted by cthelmax  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  03:41 AM
Bizarrely, searching the news for "Ima Stapler" turns up a very similar story of "Daddy Fantastic", also published yesterday:-

Looking at the deed poll website, though, you have to fill in an online form to request an official paper form, which must be signed and witnesses. Presumably completing just an online form request was enough to satisfy the drunken enthusiasm of Daddy Fantastic, though, and I imagine Ima Stapler learnt about the proposed name change by getting a confirmation form through the post.

Maybe somebody should change Jeremy Clarkson's name.
Posted by Kevan  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  06:18 AM
I am in fact Jeremy Clarkson.
Posted by Mr Henderson  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  02:37 PM
LOL! Ting A Ling is my nickname.
Posted by ting.gong  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  05:05 PM
My father had to change his name by deed poll, after he discovered by accident in his twenties that his name (Colin) was different from that on his birth certificate (John). His mother had decided to change his name when he was too young to remember, and would never tell him why. So he may be the only person to change their name to what they thought already *was* their actual name.
Posted by Sophie  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  11:00 AM
yup ive changed my name by deed poll, the annoying part is going around with that lil piece of paper having to change your details everywhere else,
Posted by joodd  on  Sun Jan 13, 2008  at  01:40 AM
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