April 04, 2007

ms. metallica tomaro

Baby’s Name Rocks Swedish Tax Board

Metallica may be a swell name for a heavy-metal band. But for a 6-month-old Swedish girl? The decision by Michael and Karolina Tomaro to give the name to their child has led to a clash between them and the Swedish tax agency, The Associated Press reported. Ms. Tomaro, 27, said yesterday: “It suits her. She’s decisive and knows what she wants.” Although Metallica has been baptized, the Swedish Tax Board, which approves names, maintains the population registry and issues personal identification numbers, has refused permission, saying Metallica was associated with the rock group and the word “metal.” The Tomaros appealed to the County Administrative Court in Goteborg, which ruled in their favor on March 13 and also noted that a woman in Sweden already has Metallica as her middle name. The tax agency has appealed, frustrating the family’s travel plans. “We’ve had to cancel trips and can’t get anywhere because we can’t get her a passport without an approved name,” Ms. Tomaro said.

Perhaps one should get the thoughts of another famous Swedish girl with a slightly unusual name on this. What would Ms. Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump have to say about this?

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