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What the heck is up with the middle name of New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee? Is that for real? Can anyone change their middle name to a number if they want?

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According to this Wikipedia entry, the 8 was added by Ms. Lee's parents to make her name a little less common. In the Gray Lady, her byline is always printed as "Jennifer 8. Lee," but apparently the number is spelled out on her driver's license.

To the big fan who created the Jennifer 8. Lee entry in Wikipedia, Ask Gothamist doesn't understand why you didn't just register Jennifer8Lee.com, which has not yet been claimed.

And, yes, you can change your name if you want. Find more info at this site for New York City's Civil Court.

Ask Gothamist wonders: what number would you choose if you could change your middle name?