A man who changed his name for a laugh may no longer be able to travel overseas again after he was denied a passport because his new surname is ‘too offensive’.

Three years ago, Kenny Kennard changed his surname to ‘Fu-Kennard’ as a joke, but it appears the joke has backfired.

While he had no trouble getting a drivers license under his new name, he is unable to obtain a passport, with the UK’s Home Office telling the supermarket worker that his surname was simply too “offensive”.

“This decision needs to be over-turned as Kenny is now effectively a prisoner in his own country,” an online petition reads.

“I’m finding it hard to believe the name could be construed as anything but funny and slightly ridiculous. It’s just a joke.

“I agree with Home Office policy that not all names are acceptable, such as racial hate words or anything that invokes hatred but ‘Fu-Kennard’ is not offensive, and I object to them denying my chosen name.”

According to the Mirror, a letter from the Home Office stated Mr Fu-Kennard’s three applications went against its policy.


The policy states that names including the use of swear words may cause public concern, even if they are only phonetic, rather than the way they are spelled.

Despite being refused a passport, the 33-year-old will not change his name again, claiming the government was “restricting my freedom”.