March 10, 2009

Woman loses ‘Dark Knight’ name bid

A 19-year-old Swedish woman said the country's National Tax Agency has rejected her application to change her middle name to Dark Knight.

Sofia Englundh, 19, from the Stockholm suburb of Vallingby, said the board blocked her attempt to rename herself Sophia Dark Knight after last year's Batman film The Dark Knight, which earned a posthumous Oscar for actor Heath Ledger, The Local reported Tuesday.

I love the film and the actors, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, Sofia Englundh said.Also I don't have a middle name and thought it might be nice.

The agency's guidelines state that names can be rejected if they are considered offensive, include profanity or describe genitalia.

I can understand if it is offensive, but this is just the name of a film. What's the problem? Englundh asked.

The Swedish National Tax Agency said in its ruling that names can also be refused if they resemble surnames, and there are already numerous people in Sweden with the surname Knight.