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Baby Names That Are Against The Law

For real?

Yesterday I presented you with a list of the hottest baby names of 2011, so far. And I loved every single name on the list. Today, the opposite. Baby names so bad they’re against the law.

Can they do that? Can they actually ban a baby name?

It seems so bizarre. Yet it’s happening all the time in New Zealand and several other countries around the world and as your about to read, it’s for VERY good reason.

New Zealand’s baby name registrar has officially banned the name “Lucifer” after not one but THREE sets of parents tried to name their babies after the spawn of the devil.

Lucifer isn’t actually such a bad name. I mean, I get the whole devil thing, but I’d rather Lucifer than Hitler. I have an ex-boyfriend who named his beloved dog Lucifer and called him Luci.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  As the Globe and Mail reports, Lucifer isn’t the only name the registrar has banned and is far from the worst:

In the past two years, the country has banned 102 names deemed to be too out there. The list includes Baron, Bishop, Duke, General, Judge, Justice, King, Knight and Mr. Those names were banned because they were deemed to be too similar to titles.

The name Messiah has also been turned down, as have requests to name kids 89, C, D, I and T. As well, the agency has refused to give a pass to full stops, asterisks, virgules and other punctuation marks.

I certainly know some celebrities that should get the New Zealand treatment. Jermagesty, anyone? How about Bear Blue, Pilot Inspektor or Audio Science.

I suppose New Zealand they had to eventually start cracking down on stupid parents. In 2008, the registrar approved the names Benson and Hedges, given to a pair of twins by parents who presumably loved the cigarette brand. That same year it also approved the names Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter, both for boys.

Number 16 Bus Shelter? DOUBLE-YOU. TEE. EFF?

Strangely, although approving that atrocity they shot down parents who wanted to name their baby 4Real. When the couple discovered they couldn’t have a name that begins with a number they tried to name him Superman.

In Sweden, where a naming law governs just what monikers parents can bestow on their children, courts have banned Metallica, Elvis and Superman, yet passed Lego and Google. One couple wanted to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, pronounced Albin.

The name isn’t banned in America but when Deborah and Heath Campbell of Pennsylvania tried to order a birthday cake for their son, Adolf Hitler Campbell, Child Protective Services were called. Incidentally, his sisters were JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Himmler Jeannie Campbell.

Just when I think I’ve heard it all… What do you think? Should parents be able to name their children whatever they want or do you applaud bans on baby names?

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