A MOTHER has recalled the moment she decided to give her daughter the world’s longest name – which is a whopping 1,019 letters.
Sandra Williams, from Texas, said she wanted to make sure her baby’s name was unique, but rather then focus on unusual lettering, she concluded that its length was the way to go.
When their baby girl was born on September 12, 1984, Sandra and her partner formally submitted her name as Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshenk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams on her birth certificate.
But just three weeks later they concluded that it simply wasn’t long enough – filing a 1,000-word-plus amendment that granted her certificate a two-foot extension.
It also featured a 38 word-long middle name as many of the girl’s friends and family settled on a shortened title of Jamie to be used on a day to day basis.
Some 13 years later, Jamie and her mum then appeared on Oprah where they shocked audiences with the “unique” decision.
Sandra told Oprah: “I had to do something to break a Guinness World Record. I had to make sure that her name was going to be unique.
“I didn’t want her name to be like anybody else’s.
“Her name had to be different, and I had to be in the Guinness book.”
Sandra recalled the process of coming up with the tongue twisting name, which took roughly six months to compile.
The name reportedly features a combination of movies, cars and relatives.
However, one person left struggling was Jamie herself who was afforded the unenviable task of learning the unique first name – roughly 170 times longer than the average – from a very early age.
Her mother explained that she had to record the name on a tape and play it back to her repeatedly.
But speaking in 1997 as a 12-year-old, Jamie said she loved her unusual name and the fame it brought it her through her youth.
Jamie’s first name comprises of 1,019 letters. In full it reads:
It was so influential that it even prompted a law change in Texas, meaning children could only be given a name that fitted within the ‘name’ box on the birth certificate form.
According to on file reports, the Guinness World Record for the longest name had previously dated back to 1914.
Hubert Blaine, who died in 1997, had abided by a huge 747-letter name for 83 years.
But these days, parents have looked to get creative with their kids’ names in other ways.
In October last year, it emerged that a Belgian family had reportedly named their 11 children using a variation of the same four letters – A, E, L and X in them.
Explaining why they chose such a unique way of naming their brood, Gwenny explained: “We named our oldest son after Marino’s stepfather because we thought it was a beautiful name.
“The name of our second son became Axel and after that we started puzzling.”
She later added: “We realized that they were the same letters, so we decided to continue like this.”