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02/03/2014 03:32 pm ET Updated Feb 03, 2014

Why Brazilian Names Are Unlike Most You've Ever Heard

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil — When he became a teenager, Wonarllevyston Garlan Marllon Branddon Bruno Paullynelly Mell Oliveira Pereira did what any self-conscious person worried about merciless taunting from his peers might do: He pleaded with his parents and the courts to let him change his name.

“I never had anything in common with Marlon Brando,” he said, referring to the American actor for whom he was partially named. So with the permission of his parents and the legal system, he whittled down his nine names to an economical four, Bruno Wonarleviston Oliveira Pereira.

“I just didn’t want to go through life with something more complicated than that,” explained Mr. Oliveira Pereira, a 19-year-old university student.

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