When it comes to pledging your dedication to a film series, how far would you go? For Laura Matthews, who lives in Essex, all it took was a simple, silly conversation with friends to change her middle name to “Skywalker.”
In 2008, Matthews paid tribute to the iconic Star Wars character Luke Skywalker by paying £49 to deed poll so that her signature could read “L Skywalker.”
But when the 29-year-old tried to renew her passport recently, her signature was refused by the Home Office, who “will not recognise a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark,” according to the BBC.
The spokesman also said that the Home Office has “a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute.”
This is the first time that Matthews has been confronted with fear of copyright infringement towards her new name. She had no problems having “Skywalker” printed on her driving licence or bank cards. According to Matthews, “everyone else is happy with that signature apart from the passport office.”
She will be able to keep her new name on the document, but may have to submit a new application with her former signature.
Even though her name change was “for a bit of a laugh” and has resulted in passport issues, Matthews says she doesn't regret it.
“Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews” is not the only one whose moniker features a film or media character. According to The Independent, a New Zealander faced the consequences after losing a poker bet he made in 2009 and was forced to change his name to the 99-character “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova,” narrowly fulfilling the 100-character limit.
Seven years ago, Swedish parents Michael and Karolina Tomaro managed to legally name their daughter Metallica, but failed to get her a passport at the objection of the tax authority, reports The Telegraph.