(Hürriyet Newspaper, 6 September 2012)
'No Fun Names Allowed' says High Court
to change his name 'Hasan Basri' to 'Brusk Zander Brandon'
and his last name from 'Selçuk' to 'Selçuk Southall' so he
applied to the courts. Diyarbakır's Third Court of First
Instance accepted the case and decided that Selçuk could
change his names.
However, the decision was appealed by the Population
Directorate and the case came to the High Court's 18th
Law Office, where the lower court's decision was
unanimously overturned. In its decision, the High Court
noted that according to the Turkish Surname Law, names
from foreign races and nations cannot be used as surnames
and new surnames must be taken from Turkish.