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Farewell, Mr Testicle: Turkey helps citizens ditch embarrassing names

More than 105,000 people apply to change misspelled and humorous names
Many people in Turkey took on surnames in the 1930s as part of reforms to create a unified nation state; some chose names that now seem ridiculous. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

“I’m getting rid of my name,” said Karaca Satılmış, an actor from Istanbul. “It has held me back professionally.”

Satılmış means “sold”, and, to Turkish speakers, it is very amusing. The 35-year-old doesn’t understand why his grandfather chose it.

In , many people only took on surnames in

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