UK Man Can't Get Passport Because of His "Offensive" Surname

Kenny Fu-Kennard's License

A few years back, a man in the UK had his name legally changed from Kenny Kennard to Fu-Kennard.

Why is that newsworthy?

According to The Mirror, the 33-year-old has been told he won't be able to receive a passport "on grounds that my name could cause offense or was vulgar."

Fu-Kennard was told he could appeal the decision to his elected representative, but was later told that they wouldn't take up the case.

He told the paper the only way he can get is to change his name back or to something more acceptable.

"On the one hand, I find the whole thing funny - as do all of my friends. But I'm also finding it hard to believe the name could be construed as anything but funny and slightly ridiculous. It's just a joke. I agree with Home Office policy that not all names are acceptable, such as racial hate words or anything that invokes hatred. "Fu-Kennard" is not offensive, and I object to them denying my chosen name."

This isn't the first time Fu-Kennard changed his name to something odd...apparently when he was 16 he changed his name to Coco Kenny, but had to change it again when he joined the Army when he was told it was "immature."

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