Madonna Fans Change Names in Honor of the Material Girl

Three 23-year-old women from Leeds, England have all legally changed their names to include various Madonna lyrics, song titles and album titles:

Before After
Lianne Dawson Lianne Madonna Vogue On The Cover Of A Magazine McHale Dawson
Emma Dawson Emma Madonna Confessions On A Dance Floor McHale Dawson
Gemma Mitchell Gemma Madonna True Blue Strike A Pose Carroll McHale Dawson Me Me Mitchell

And, just in case you aren’t a rabid Madonna fan:

  • “Vogue” is a song
  • “On The Cover Of A Magazine” is a lyric from Vogue
  • “Confessions On A Dance Floor” is an album
  • “True Blue” is both a song and an album
  • “Strike A Pose” is another lyric from Vogue

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Chief Executive of Legal Deed Service said: “We are always getting hilarious name changes, but we have never had three Madonna fanatics contact us with such crazy monikers.”

And now my question to you: Would you ever name (or have you ever named) a baby in honor of a musician, musical group, album, song, etc.? If so, what’s the name and what does it refer to?

6 thoughts on “Madonna Fans Change Names in Honor of the Material Girl

  1. My son is Edward Leo Cassidy W—. He goes by Leo. But the Cassidy is from the Grateful Dead song of the same name, mostly for the refrain, but really the whole song has meaning for me:

    fare thee well now
    let your life proceed by its own design
    nothing to tell now
    let the words be yours I’m done with mine

    It’s about a baby (girl in this case) named for Neal Cassady, and includes bits like “there he goes and now here she starts, hear her cry”. Leo was named for a beloved uncle of my husband’s, and this just felt right to include on top of the actual name (Leo) itself.

  2. I know a little boy named ‘Halen’, whose father is OBSESSED with Van Halen… always kind of felt sorry for the kid….

  3. A lot of us Nancys were named by mothers who swooned to Frank Sinatra’s song for his daughter, “Nancy with the Laughing Face.”

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