For Christmas this year, our beloved Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin has not only gifted us with the reassurance that his life is well and truly back on track, but also a promise to legally change his name according to what the popular vote has decided.
He announced in November that he set up a poll on his lifestyle website BunnyEars and invited fans to weigh in on what his new middle name should be.
Out of the options ‘Shark Week’, ‘Kieran’, ‘TheMcRibIsBack’, ‘Publicity Stunt’, and, ‘Macaulay Culkin’, of course, ‘Macaulay Culkin’ has been triumphant.
He announced the good news on Twitter, promising that, “In 2019 my new legal name will be: Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin. It has a nice ring to it (if you like my name). #MerryChristmas.”
Merry Christmas to me, from all of you!
My new middle name has been chosen. You voted and the winner is clear.
In 2019 my new legal name will be:
Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin.
It has a nice ring to it (if you like my name).#MerryChristmas
— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) December 25, 2018
The crowd overwhelmingly sided with the opportunity to see Macaulay Culkin become Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin, and who could blame them?
There were over 60k votes for the illustrious middle name option, while the other, inferior, choices copped between 7.5k and 14.5k votes. A valiant effort, but no match for the glory of Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin.
The legal change will mean leaving behind his real middle name, which is Carson. His parents chose it as a tribute to American frontiersman Kit Carson, however Macaulay admitted in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon that he found his name sounded a bit too “Irish”.
“I was staring at my passport recently and I was looking over my middle name, my current middle name is Carson – you have to say it Macaulay Carson Culkin (with an Irish accent) – and I thought, ‘I should probably spruce up my name a little bit,’” he said.
“So, (I could be) Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin. If somebody comes up to me at the airport and says, ‘Excuse me, are you Macaulay Culkin?’ I can go, ‘Macaulay Culkin is my middle name.’”
The other options had various inspirations including his own brother Kieran Culkin’s suggestion, The Macca’s McRib burger, and his girlfriend Brenda Song suggesting the self-aware option ‘Publicity Stunt’, which was a strong contender in my opinion.
But cheers to Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin – who better show us the legal proof that this name change is legit.