When Toby Flood first got picked for the England rugby team, I had my concerns. Toby is not the hardest of names. I find it difficult to believe there has ever been a school bully called Toby. It is high unlikely that a Toby ever stole your dinner money. at least the Welsh rugby player Toby Falatau had the sense to change his name to Taulupe. Not the name I would have chosen, but nevertheless a big step in the right direction.
The Vikings had the right idea. Vikings earned their names through great trials and deeds, rather than just settling for their birth name. Eric Bloodaxe and Thorfinn Skullsplitter did terribly well. Not so Harald Finehair!