When theater director Paula Garfield and her partner Tomato Lichy of north London wanted to record their daughter's name in British Sign Language (BSL), the registrar told them it was impossible.
But after consulting with both a linguist and a lawyer, they have succeeded in getting their personal name for Hazel on her birth certificate - as UbOtDDstarL, which represents a combination of hand movements, the Daily Mail reports.
"The U represents the chin, bO means a 'baby O' made with the thumb and forefinger, tD means 'hands facing the signer', Dstar means 'the handshape opens' and L shows the shape of the hand. Put that together and it makes a small O shape held at the chin, which then opens into an L shape.
"A spokesman for the British Deaf Association said: 'The parents have created a name for Hazel of their own.'"
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