Illegal Baby Names...

Jodi - posted on 02/16/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )




When I saw the title of this, before I read the article, all I could think was: "How in the hell does the government, any government, get the right to BAN a name for a child!?" I mean, that's a pretty personal decision that parents should have the right to make...right? But after reading some of the names that people tried, and some actually did, name their children, well, maybe it IS for the better.

Your thoughts on either the parents decision for horrible names and/or the governments ability/right to step in on naming a child?


Krista - posted on 02/18/2012




I see no issue with SOME restrictions -- people shouldn't be allowed to name their children after curse words, slurs, bodily functions, or anything pornographic.

It's fucking pathetic that we even have to discuss this, really. People that stupid just shouldn't be allowed to breed, period.


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Mexi - posted on 09/11/2012




ok. What were those people on when they went to name their kids?

Parents should be able to name their kids what ever they like but there are boundries when you want to name your kid something like the ones mentioned.

Why would you want to torture your kid like that?

Mother - posted on 02/22/2012




BAH humans ever got to the top of the food chain is beyond me. Some people are absolutely BROKEN and then feel the need to pass that onto their children. At first I was appalled. no way would a government tell me what to name my child.....then I saw the examples...LOL

Stifler's - posted on 02/19/2012




I agree with Krista there should be no need to ban certain names because why the fuck??? But I can understand why there is if this is what people pull.

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I think once you read about some of the examples above you can't really argue with some names not being allowed. Why on earth would you do that to your kid?!

On a side note: The 'Standesamt' in Germany is simply our Registry Office. It registers births, marriages and deaths and as such I guess is responsible for names as well. We are not THAT bad...

**Jackie** - posted on 02/18/2012




Krista, I definitely agree with you. Never in my life would I think there would even need to be a ban on naming your child a curse word

Tam - posted on 02/18/2012




The only case of charges being brought to a family with an emphasis on their naming choices (and other things too) was on the basis that it was abuse. There was a family who were naming all of their children after Hitler's closest confidants, thereby subjecting them to ridicule in the community.

Funny, though, that this article (the latest one I could find) says they were being taken on the basis of abuse and neglect, not names.

Might be judgmental of me, but parents that would use this particular scheme are probably mentally abusive at the least. Good thing I don't work in social services, as I am unable to be unbiased here.

Article here:

Desiree - posted on 02/17/2012




After some of the names that some people give their children with out thinking of how that poor child is going to suffer because of it, I have no problem in banning names. Here in South Africa Children can't be given double barrel surnames.

Nor can we give a name with just a number or a letter it has to be a name.

**Jackie** - posted on 02/17/2012




I think it's sad that a parent would even name their child something that is offensive in this or any other language. That swedish one is a disgrace. You're really going to name your child something with numbers in it?

My friend is a teacher and one of her student's name is "La-A" Yeah it is pronounced Ladasha. Of course when she pronounced it wrong the girl told her mother and suddenly my friend was racist. Cute

Having said all of that, I don't think it should be illegal but I guess they are just looking out for the child. But banning names that are after fruits and cars and stuff is over-kill. Ferrari is kind of a cute name. Just sayin

Jodi - posted on 02/17/2012




There is somewhere that has an entire department devoted to deciding acceptable baby names? I must have missed that.

Deborah - posted on 02/17/2012




I think if they feel they have the right to force parents to change their child's name, then they should pay for it.

Granted there are some really stupid ones in that article....what would ever possess a mother to name a child 'sex fruit?"


Did you stop and put ANY thought into what kind of torment your child would receive at the hands of other children, particularly in high school? Kids are mean and vicious, (I was called "De-BRA, De-BORING-ah, and the like*) do you really want your child to suffer like that?

but since it usually comes with some sort of fee to change your name, parents who are court ordered to do so should be waived those fees.

I think having an entire department devoted to deciding 'acceptable' baby names is ridiculous too, it also makes me very happy to live in the USA.

Jodi - posted on 02/17/2012




They do ban certain names in Australia. I have no problem with it. From what I understand, New Zealand has some pretty strict guidelines on names too. But there HAVE been a lot of morons naming their kids silly things too.

Firebird - posted on 02/17/2012




Actually Jenni, Talula was granted a legal name change by the government when she was 8 years old... a couple of years back. So her parents won't be calling her Talula anymore. =)

Jenni - posted on 02/17/2012




I think it's ridiculous. And case and point with this article. Not allowing people to name their child words that mean: "Wednesday", "Bridge", types of vehicles or fruit or unisex names. Obviously, some of the names take it a bit far... but some of the governments' regulations of names take it a bit far. I think it should be reserved for names that are derogatory, insulting, slurs, maybe even character length within a "reasonable amount". After that I think what one person considers an inappropriate name is subjective.

I smiled when I read "Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii". lol I think it sounds cute. I'm pretty sure her parents are going to call her "Talula" for short. ;)

Mary - posted on 02/17/2012




I'm actually a little bit torn on this one. A huge part of me says no one should be able to tell me what to name my child. However, years of working in L&D have made me think that there are times when someone needs to step in and prevent some of these assholes from condemning that child to a lifetime of ridicule and humiliation.

Years ago, I was taking care of a young girl in labor. I think she was around 15. I asked her if she had decided on a name for the baby, whom she knew to be a girl. She said "Twa-let" ( this was how she pronounced it). I asked her to spell it. Her response: "t-o-i-l-e-t".

Yup, she was naming her baby girl Toilet Brown. I though perhaps she didn't get it. Oh, no, she did - she thought it was funny.

Denise - posted on 02/16/2012




wow,I am shocked by the things some people would come up with to name their kids.I actually believe that it should be completely up to the parents to choose the name without interference from their government/country whatsoever.However,I somewhat understand if the names go against laws of the particular country.It really brings up the issue of a person's rights as a citizen of their country.This would all be much easier if people would take parenthood seriously.Naming a child is the 2nd thing parents do for their child in life second only to taking care of the mother during pregnancy to ensure a healthy baby is born.Although the mere fact that this issue is caused by someone's stupidity may be sad to accept,there really isnt much these days that surprises me.After all,we live in a world where priests rape children,celebrities get divorced after only a few days ,and mothers who kill their kid and hide it from police while out partying get to go free.

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