Some critics say the proposed rebranding would be prohibitively expensive and point out that the proposed name - Staines-upon-Thames - might draw the same kind of ridicule. If the new name were to be approved, maps, street signs and a whole host of other documents would have to be changed.
Anne Damerell of the Staines Town Society called the idea "pretentious nonsense."
The name change request has to go through a series of hoops - ultimately needing council approval before it goes through.
Although the city sounds like something red wine might leave on a white tablecloth, by some measures Staines doesn't have it so bad.
Britain is peppered with embarrassing place names - from Slack Bottom near the northern England city of Burnley to Lickers Lane outside of Liverpool. Many are far worse.
Ed Hurst, co-author of "Rude UK" - a compendium of snicker-inducing place names - said residents of places like Shitterton in southern England and Butt Hole Lane in northern England have also tried to change their names.