A Nebraska man has changed his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold. Why? Because it's "cooler" than his birth name.
Tyler Gold, 23, of York, Neb., appeared in district court Monday morning. In his filing, he wrote he wanted the name change because it's "cooler" and more appealing than his birth name, the York News-Times reported.
"Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable," Gold told the Times.
Judge Alan Gless asked Gold if he was avoiding debt collectors or law enforcement, but he told the judge no and that his request was innocent, the Christian Science Monitor reported.
His request was approved, and Gold is now legally Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold.
Unusual name changes have become increasingly popular particularly among celebrities and sports stars, such as NBA star Ron Artest, who is now officially known as Metta World Peace. "Fast And The Furious" actor Vin Diesel was originally Mark Sinclair Vincent, but chopped his last name to get Vin and added Diesel in recognition of his high energy levels, according to the Christian Science Monitor.