Now, I can understand being devoted to something, like the persons who religiously (pun intended) attend church or those who work out three or four times a week.
But recently, I read about a man who was so devoted to a particular food, he changed his last name to that of the dish. According to a story in the The Star, stemming from a story by United Kingdom's media entity Chronicle Live, Saire May legally changed his last name to Marmite, because he loved everything about it, from the taste to the texture. He not only eats about a jar weekly, he has a huge collection of Marmite memorabilia including a recipe book dated before World War II!
Now first of all, you may ask what the hell is Marmite? Well (thank God for Google) it's a thick brown spread made from the yeast that is a by-product of brewing industry. It apparently originated, and is still very popular, in Britain. I must admit it sounds like a relative of the termite (which, thankfully, it isn't). It's similar to the Australian staple, vegemite (which is a whole other story). But more important, I don't care how much you love to eat something, you don't change your last name to reflect it.
In fairness to May, er, Marmite, depending on his ethnicity, it might not look all that bad. After all, his first name is already Saire (just saying).
Can you imagine if Jamaicans were to do that for our favourite foods? Wait, that might actually work. For all the people who love pear, I think Pear would not be the worst last name in the world (unless your first name was Pierce, Pauline or something like that). If you're a girl, hopefully your parents won't name you Bulla-Ann. Answering to that name in roll call at school will make classroom education a tad difficult. Another popular dish is ackee and saltfish. So you now become John Ackee or Maria Saltfish? Those would be a little trickier to fathom. I suppose these persons wouldn't have to take the literal name of the food. So you could change your name to MacKee. Or with saltfish, you could say Safiche (people will think you're French).
And it can work with ground provisions too. You could name your son Kasava (cassava) especially if your last name is Powell (has a nice ring to it). Your daughter could be Dasheena (that goes with any last name), and how about Yamzi for a boy? You can tell people it's from Africa, specifically Egyptian or Tunisian descent.
If I was to change my name to reflect the food/meal of choice, I would no longer be Daviot Kelly, but Reese P. Fowler (you can figure it out). Eat up!
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