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These Illegal Baby Names That Have Been Banned Around the World

These Illegal Baby Names That Have Been Banned Around the World

In the United States, almost anything goes when it come to baby names. While parents have to deal with the joy and drama of choosing a baby name, taking into account the most popular baby names along with whether or not the rest of the family will hate it, very few names are actually forbidden. Naming laws are actually set by the state, and some states have more requirements than others. There are some commonalities: In most states, you can’t put a numeral in your name, for example, and there are often character limits to how long you can make a name. (In Minnesota, you’re limited to “only” 150 characters.) But if you want to name your kid something that’ll get them teased for the rest of their life, it’s your American right.

In other countries, though, that isn’t always the case, and there are much stricter naming laws. Some require parents to choose from a pre-approved list of names, or petition the government to add a name to the list. Others have laws protecting kids from the ridicule that would result from parents who choose terrible names for them. Here are more than 50 “illegal” names that have been banned or almost-banned — see if you think the governing bodies were right to strike them down, or if you think they were overstepping.

Nutella

According to the Telegraph, a judge in France ruled that this name was not allowed — not because of copyright laws, but because it would “make her the target of derision.” The baby was renamed Ella.

Fraise

Also in France, a court ruled that a baby girl could not be named Fraise, which means “strawberry.” (Strawberries go well with Nutella – is this a conspiracy?) They said it could be construed as the slang word for a**. The parents went with Fraisine instead.

Prince William

Uh, that one was taken already. Another set of French parents tried to pass Prince William off as a first name, but were rejected because it would “lead to a childhood of mockery,” The Local reports. The parents’ second choice — Minnie Cooper — was also rejected on the same grounds

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Parents in Sweden, which has strict naming laws, submitted this baby name in 1991 to protest a fine they received for failing to register a baby name by the child’s fifth birthday. Supposedly, it was to be pronounced “Albin.”

Metallica, Lego and Elvis

Also in Sweden, parents had to go to court for the rights to use the names Metallica, Lego and Elvis. They all won!

IKEA

Other Swedish parents were not so lucky. The ones who wanted to name their baby IKEA found out Sweden won’t let you name your baby after the company — and that ruling stands.

Saint

The name that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West chose for their second child may fly in the U.S., but, in New Zealand, where you can’t give your kids names that resemble official titles, disappointed parents had this name rejected by the government in 2019.

III

Also in new Zealand, this roman-numeral name didn’t fly. “There’s no problem if you want to give your child a spelled-out number or even silly name, but remember your child has to live with it!” says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.

Prince, King and Royal

But, by far, the most disappointed parents in New Zealand are the ones who tried to give their children regal-sounding names: Prince, King, and Royal were the most commonly rejected names in 2018.

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New Zealand’s restrictions on putting punctuation in names didn’t prevent one set of parents from trying to name their child a single period, which they would have pronounced “full stop.”

Akuma

Parents in Japan wanted to name their child Akuma, which means “Devil,” and the case received so much attention that a member of the Prime Minister’s cabinet issued a statement guiding parents against the name.

水子

Also in Japan, a couple tried to using the kanji for “water” and “child” together for their child’s name. A government employee pointed out that previous generations used this combination (chishi/mizuko) to mean “a baby that has died in the womb either through abortion or miscarriage,” Japan Today reports. The parents changed the name voluntarily.

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