A couple from East Java, Indonesia, was unable to obtain the birth certificate of their 3-year-old son after authorities said they could not print his name on the document because it was too long.
What’s in a name: The child’s name, which contains 19 words, or 115 letters, is significant to the history of the Islamic civilization, his father, Arif Akbar, explained, according to World of Buzz.
Letter to the president: Cordo’s parents have tried to persuade authorities to give them his birth certificate, but they were always rejected. They were also encouraged to change their son’s name during one of the times they visited the agency.
- Akbar and his wife Suci Nur Aiysiah decided to name their son Rangga Madhipa Sutra Jiwa Cordosega Akre Askhala Mughal Ilkhanat Akbar Sahara Pi-Thariq Ziyad Syaifudin Quthuz Khoshala Sura Talenta after a discussion with Akbar’s uncle, Mujoko Zahid, who was a cultural figure in their area. Akbar and Aiysiah call their child Cordo for short.
- Akbar hoped the name, which consists of historical personalities and locales, would encourage Cordo to grow up into a “global figure,” Mashable SEA reported.
- “He’ll have a global outlook and the power to realize his dreams,” Akbar said. “He’ll become a person who doesn’t have limited thinking nor narrow views, but has a global outlook with the initiative and strength to accomplish his goals. He’ll be strong, but also compassionate.”
- Cordo’s parents wrote an open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to help them with their case. They hope to get Cordo’s birth certificate before he starts school in two years.
- The current limit to the number of letters allowed on official documents — including spaces — is 55 characters, according to Rahmad Ubaid, head of population and civil registration service in Tuban Regency, AsiaOne reported.