Did you know that, in some places, the government can actually interfere with the naming your baby? Some parents have gone to such an extent that the government had to impose bans on certain derogatory names. On the other hand, there are certain governments that anyway exercise strict guidelines in the naming of babies. AptParenting explores such examples of banned baby names around the world, and why the need may have arisen.
In an era where celebrities are giving weird names to their babies, to sound like their favorite characters, names of cities, fruits, animals and what not, it comes as a surprise that there are some governments in this world who regulate the names of babies. Though it may seem strange, a few governments do ban weird things.
Nevertheless, some countries do exercise their power in interfering with the parent’s right to naming their kid. While some of them might have sensible reasons for banning some names, some rules are actually pretty absurd to even understand. Though, not to forget, some parents are quite bizarre, and find equally ridiculous names for their kids. Such kids would indeed thank the government for saving them from future hassles. Lastly, in some countries, you have to name your baby only from a predetermined list.
In the United States there is almost complete freedom, other than a few restrictions on naming as per the rules of the states. There is no list citing banned baby names here. Moving out, the following are few instances of illegal names for babies, that are banned by their respective governments.
The list of baby names that are banned include: Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii, Mafia No Fear, Lucifer, 4Real, Anal, 89, etc.
On the other hand, names that are banned since they refer to an official title include: King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Duke, Royal, Lady, Knight, etc.
The court stepped in when parents decided to call their kid ‘Brfxxccxxmnpcccclll mmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116’ (Come on folks, it is not so difficult to pronounce it. It is pronounced as Albin). Nevertheless, they were obviously denied this name.
When Shakespeare said ‘What’s in a name?’, he was pretty unaware of parents who would give such absurd names to their kids. Well, in some cases, the government has certainly come to the rescue of the poor toddlers who nearly fell victims of their parent’s fancies.