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Princess-Rainbow.comAs names go, we’re sure you’d agree that is a pretty unusual one. We’ve never met anyone named after a domain name before.

So when we read about a Manchester woman who’d changed her name from Claire Forshaw to by deed poll, we decided to investigate further.

The full story was in the Independent last week, but we managed to track down herself to ask a few questions.

Q: What made you decide to change your name to
A: I actually didn’t think about it that much – I’d had a few drinks and it came up in conversation that it only cost around £10 to change your name. So I thought it would be funny to do it. The Princess-Rainbow bit was suggested by my boyfriend Robert Morris – we liked it so that’s what I changed it to.

Q:Have you always wanted to change your name to a web domain?
A: Yes – I’d mentioned in the past that if I ever changed my name it would have to have .com at the end, mainly for comedy value. Plus no-one I know has a web domain as a name.

Q: Seriously, is this a publicity stunt?
A: No. After I’d changed my name a friend said I should check and see if the domain name was free. It was, so my boyfriend bought it for me. Me and my friend then decided we should build a website.

Q: What plans do you have for the website at
A: My friend Rebecca Morris and I are going sell our art work on there as we are both artists in our spare time.

Q: Why did you choose instead of something simpler, like
A: Well if I was going to change my name I wouldn’t want to change it and still be called Claire Forshaw! Princess-Rainbow is a much prettier name.

Q:  Are you insisting that your boyfriend and mates use your new name?
A: My boyfriend now calls me Princess. My mates call me Princess-Rainbow most of the time but they do forget sometimes – and Claire is quicker and easier to say.

Q: What do your friends and family think about the name change?
A: My mates love it – they just think I’m slightly crazy! On the other hand, my mother thinks I’m completely stupid. My boss is refusing to call me Princess-Rainbow, although it does have to go down on any paperwork I do or sign.

Q: Have you had any trouble getting the name on official documents?
A: No – the bank was really easy. They just laughed at the situation! But Facebook won’t let me change it. They said I’m not allowed to use a fake name or impersonate someone. I did try and explain but they were having none of it.

Q: Have you had any strange reactions when meeting new people?
A: No, not really. People just think it’s all a joke and don’t believe me.

Q: Finally, would you recommend changing your name?
A: Yeah, why not? It’s only a name, plus it’s been fun ever since doing interviews. I’ve even been asked to go on air on Virgin Radio in Canada. If you are going to change your name, change it to something fun. Life is too serious as it is!

So there you go. The first person in the world to change their name to a domain name – and you heard from them here first. Now it’s over to you.

What do you think of’s name change? Just a bit of fun, or completely crazy? Would you ever do it? Leave a comment and let us know.

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8 Responses

  • Neil

    Well it’s a good way to advertise your site I guess! 🙂

    Maybe 123-reg should offer a new ‘domain and deed-poll’ package?

    I’m too chicken (doh!) to change my name to but good luck to those that decide to change their name to their domain…

    August 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm
  • Terence Walmsley

    I think this girl is lovely and different. I say “Enjoy being young because it doesn’t last as long as you might think”
    In this ever changing and harsh world, our best wishes to her and GOOD LUCK as she has sown the seeds for a happy life. xxxxx

    August 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm
  • David Duff

    My personal thought is good on “” life is to serious and not enough fun!

    Congrats on your new name

    August 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm
  • abdul azeez

    Hi, I think changing your name to something that is meaningful is great. I did it
    (Servant of the Almighty is the meaning of mine).
    As for the dot com part, what can I say? Innovative. It may catch on since
    Its good publicity and completely legal.

    August 28, 2009 at 7:11 am
  • John Roper

    She’s certainly right about life being too serious but you have to ask yourself what will she call her children? Good for a laugh I guess but not for me, or was it just a “P-R” stunt.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm
  • Wick

    Haha, well it’s definitely a funny idea to do! I mean, if you really want to do it for a laugh, then why not?

    Personally I won’t bother. My mother gave me the name I have and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:54 am
  • EM

    I think this girl is lovely and different. I say “Enjoy being young because it doesn’t last as long as you might think”
    In this ever changing and harsh world, our best wishes to her and GOOD LUCK as she has sown the seeds for a happy life. xxxxx

    October 5, 2009 at 5:28 pm
  • Dan

    That’s 21st century advertising!

    April 26, 2011 at 10:18 am