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A Rose By Any Other Name . . . Is Now Illegal: Weird Baby Names Banned in New Zealand

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Kids have it hard enough with being stuck with a weird name. Good for you, New Zealand.

Monroe, Moroccan, Seven and Bingham might not be who they are today had they been born elsewhere. Or at least they wouldn’t be stuck with the names they have today. Specifically, had they been born in New Zealand.

The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is taking a stand against names not found on souvenir license plates.

Names like Lucifer, Duke, Messiah and 89. Names like Bishop, Baron, General, Judge, King, Knight and Mr. And the letters C, D, I , and T (yes, some parents tried to give those letters to their babies as first names). Names that include asterisks, commas, periods and other punctuation marks are also off limits.

And may I be the first to say hallelujah (as a rejoice, not a name)?

This isn’t the first time the name registrar in New Zealand made news, although not for the same reason. In 2008 a pair of twins were named Benson and Hedges. And the boys’ names Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter also got the green light.

Anyone want to join me in applauding New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages? I’m not big on minute government interference, but when your child is named after the African theme in which you decorated a room in your home, clearly it’s time for someone to step in and act like the responsible parent that you’re not.

Do you think it’s OK for the government to ban baby names, or to each their own, no matter how wacky?

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