Can I be called Jesus

OK Here’s the deal…one of my friends is considering legally changing his name to Jesus Christ. He claims that he should be able to. I however think that Jesus Christ must be somehow restricted to be used.

We surfed the web for hours and can not find any mentioning of that being a restricted/prohibited name…

So is there anybody out there who can help us figure this out?

Since laws do differ by state, I ought to mention that we will be using either MD or DC Court for the name change…

I do sincerely thank you

He can legally do so, but I’m sure there’d be a lot of public outcry and he may end up being forced to change it back. When in doubt, he could always have his last name as “Of Nazarath” instead of “Christ.”

Living in south central Texas, I know any number of guys named Jesus. Admittedly, it’s pronounced differently (Hay-SOOSE), but in these parts, no one thinks anything of it.

It’s likely to raise some eyebrows in other parts, though…

It’s more like ‘hay-zeus’ but that’s besides the point. :slight_smile: That’s the actual proper way to pronounce the name. The pronounciation of “gee-zuss” is just an Anglicised version (i.e., English-ed version), because Brits generally can’t pronounce words of other languages correctly (or at least I’ve never met a Brit who could).

The first name would be fine, but the last name would cause the ruckous.

Rest assured, if it were pronounced GEE-zuss, plenty of folks would raise a ruckus over the first name (regardless of the last name).

I currently see 5 Americans listed as Jesus Christ in on-line phone books. They live in the following places CA, DC, FL, WV and ME. None of them are Jesus H. Christ. You could look them up, write them and ask them what it’s like living with that name.

When I was in college one of the counsellors was a Fr. Christ. Don’t remember his first name offhand, but he pronounced his last name with a short “i” (rhymed with list).

The phone book is not an authoritative source on people’s names. Some people use fake names for their phone book entries. Apparently unlisted numbers cost money but you can use an alias for free.

In the 1990 census Christ was the 4,975th most common surname in the US. Jesus is the 129th most common male first name in the US.

Precedent seems to be on your friends side. Some states or the district may require him to show a reasonable reason for the name change. I’d say you might want to try and contact the Jesus Christ from DC and see how he did it. He might be nice and help you. I found him through

If Prince can change his name to a symbol, I do not see any legal reason that your friend couldn’t go by the name “Jesus Christ”. After all, aren’t there lots of “Mohammeds” and “Allahs”? However, I do not recommend walking in a church on a Sunday morning and announcing “Hi! I’m Jesus Christ!” That could get you a good ass-whopping in some parts of the country.

Well phone books are one of the few sources I have immediate access too. Generally people are really shy about letting indexes with personal info out there. Which is why Texas and several other states pulled all their birth indexes off line which would be useful to take.

I can say there isn’t one in the Social Security Death Index.


If Prince can change his name to a symbol…

I remember reading some reporter’s account of asking one of Prince’s people how to pronounce that symbol. The reply was something like “any way you want to.” I wish I had been there so I could have said “Oh, I see–‘asshole’.”


Errr… hay-zeus is the Spanish version of the name, just as perverted as the English version. Rest assured that the Big Guy himself did not pronounce his name hay-zeus. It was more like jay-shoo-ah.

Prince never legally changed his name. And his songwriting copyrights during his “symbol” period continued to be credited to Prince Rogers Nelson.

From the Texas birth index 1926-1997, on-line at the Vitalsearch Company:

Jesus Christ Holloway (b. 1980)
Jesus Christ Arias (b. 1981)
Jesus Christ Vargas (b. 1930)

From the California birth index 1905-1995, on-line at the Vitalsearch Company:

Jesus Christ Medina (b. 1955)

From the California death index 1940-1997, on-line at RootsWeb:

Jesus Christ Garcia (d. 1940)

From the Texas death index 1964-1998, on-line at RootsWeb:

Christ Jesus (d. 1972) (yes, first name Christ, last name Jesus)

Jesus H. Christ! Good work ** Walloon**

I can call you Jesus,
And Jesus, when you call me,
You can call … me … Al …

Pardon me? Um. Yes they can.

Ok, sorry for the high-jack, carry on.

Jesus is already here!:

I found Jesus!
He was hiding in my trunk when I got back from Tiajuana.