Oh no, you can't name your baby THAT!

Sara - posted on 07/06/2010 ( 59 moms have responded )

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Here in the U.S., you can name your kid almost anything, but that's not the case everywhere in the world. Let's take a look at some countries with pretty strict or otherwise fascinating baby-naming laws.

1. Sweden

Enacted in 1982, the Naming law in Sweden was originally created to prevent non-noble families from giving their children noble names, but a few changes to the law have been made since then.

The part of the law referencing first names reads: "First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name."

If you later change your name, you must keep at least one of the names that you were originally given, and you can only change your name once.

Rejected names: "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb111163 (pronounced Albin, naturally) was submitted by a child's parents in protest of the Naming law. It was rejected. The parents later submitted "A" (also pronounced Albin) as the child's name. It, too, was rejected.

Also rejected: Metallica, Superman, Veranda, Ikea and Elvis.

Accepted names: Google as a middle name, Lego.

2. Germany

In Germany, you must be able to tell the gender of the child by the first name, and the name chosen must not be negatively affect the well being of the child. Also, you can not use last names or the names of objects or products as first names.

Whether or not your chosen name will be accepted is up to the office of vital statistics, the Standesamt, in the area in which the child was born. If the office rejects your proposed baby name, you may appeal the decision. But if you lose, you'll have to think of a different name. Each time you submit a name you pay a fee, so it can get costly.

When evaluating names, the Standesamt refers to a book which translates to "the international manual of the first names," and they also consult foreign embassies for assistance with non-German names. Because of the hassle parents have to go through to name their children, many opt for traditional names such as Maximilian, Alexander, Marie and Sophie.

Rejected names: Matti was rejected for a boy because it didn't indicate gender.

Approved names: Legolas and Nemo were approved for baby boys.

3. New Zealand

New Zealand's Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act of 1995 doesn't allow people to name their children anything that "might cause offence to a reasonable person; or [...] is unreasonably long; or without adequate justification, [...] is, includes, or resembles, an official title or rank." Officials at the registrar of births have successfully talked parents out of some more embarrassing names.

Rejected names: Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy, Sex Fruit, Satan and Adolf Hitler

Approved names: Benson and Hedges (for a set of twins), Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence

4. Japan

In Japan, one given name and one surname are chosen for babies, except for the imperial family, who only receive given names. Except for a few examples, it is obvious which are the given names and which are the surnames, regardless of in what order the names have been given. There are a couple thousand "name kanji" and "commonly used characters" for use in naming babies, and only these official kanji may be used in babies' given names. The purpose of this is to make sure that all names can be easily read and written by the Japanese. The Japanese also restrict names that might be deemed inappropriate.

Rejected names: Akuma, meaning "devil."

5. Denmark

Denmark's very strict Law on Personal Names is in place to protect children from having odd names that suit their parents' fancy. To do this, parents can choose from a list of 7,000 pre-approved names, some for girls, some for boys.

If you want to name your child something that isn't on the list, you have to get special permission from your local church, and the name is then reviewed by governmental officials. Creative spellings of more common names are often rejected.

The law states that girls and boys must have names that indicate their gender, you can't use a last name as a first name and unusual names may be rejected. Of the approximately 1,100 names that are reviewed each year, 15-20 percent of the names are rejected. There are also laws in place to protect rare Danish last names.

Rejected names: Anus, Pluto and Monkey.

Approved names: Benji, Jiminico, Molli and Fee.

6. China

Most new babies in China are now basically required to be named based on the ability of computer scanners to read those names on national identification cards. The government recommends giving children names that are easily readable, and encourages Simplified characters over Traditional Chinese ones.

Parents can technically choose the given name, but numbers and non-Chinese symbols and characters are not allowed.

Also, now, Chinese characters that can not be represented on the computer are not allowed. There are over 70,000 Chinese characters, but only about 13,000 can be represented on the computer. Because this requirement is a new one, some citizens are having their name misrepresented, and some have to change their names to be accurately shown on the identification cards.

Rejected names: "@": Wang "At" was rejected as a baby name. The parents felt that the @ symbol had the right meaning for them. @ in Chinese is pronounced "ai-ta" which is very similar to a phrase that means "love him."


So, what are your thoughts? Do you think that it should be parameters for what a parent can or cannot name their child? Do you think names are that important?

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Sharon - posted on 07/07/2010

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the parents who stupidly used their children to proclaim to the world just how stupid they really are...

DUMBASSES.

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Stifler's - posted on 07/26/2010

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These laws are there for a reason, people can't just name their children something sensible these days. They have to change the spelling or name them stupid things, poor kids.

Heather - posted on 07/19/2010

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I went to school with a kid named Harold (Harry) Bush...no lie lol
My sons name is Israel Alexander and a lot of my family had an issue with it...but I love it...he is my little Izzy :) I think that it couldn't hurt to have restrictions on names, as long as they aren't strict.

Charlie - posted on 07/18/2010

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well Jamie wanted the middle name of our newest boy to be his family name pytt until i said " you do realize his name will be Harry pytt "

Yeah we decided not to give him that one LOL .

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It seems a fairly silly thing to legislate about! I don't think there should be any rules, except that of common sense, which varies of course!

Like everyone, I've heard some really stupid names, but they
don't worry me. Although I did tell my daughter I wasn't going to be a grandmother to a Jett! Luckily she has all girls.

My pet hate is alliterative names for twins - both starting with the same letter, or sounding the same! Hate it with a passion! But that's just me.

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We love our daughter's name (we love all our girl's names, but I am honestly a litle partial to Elena). We have so many nicknames for her too - Ellie, Elle, Ellie-Belly, Ells-A-Bells, etc. :) Also, my great grandmother's name was Elna (and it's my grandma's middle name too) so it fits in nicely with the "non-Russian" family on my side as well (my hubby's paternal family s Russian)

Joanna - posted on 07/10/2010

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Holly, I just saw this... we are thinking of naming our girl Elena :) I fell in love with the name while reading Tom Rob Smith's books. I also like the name Raisa from the books, but my husband wasn't such a fan of that one.

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I think we should be able to name them but i agree in reason..while at school we had a talk while away on a school trip by a man named JERRY BERRY LMAO..thats what the whole place did too.

C. - posted on 07/09/2010

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While I think people should be able to name their child whatever they choose, within reason, of course.. I think names that make it sound like the parents were on crack should definitely be illegal. Those poor, poor children..

Gertie - posted on 07/09/2010

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Moxie Crimefighter is Penn Gillette's kid :(

I don't think the state should be able to tell you what you can name your kid. It's wrong to legislate this...let them show the world how ignorant they are.

Jessica - posted on 07/09/2010

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Woah. On one hang I can see regulations for totally outrageous things... like Sex Fruit, or Anus (wtf???). But then how can you approve Number 16 Bus Shelter?? They don't seem to be consistent at all. I also think saying something like "it shouldn't affect the well being of the child" or "indicate gender" is too subjective.

A lot of people on the BB I joined with my son thought his name was too girly- Kieran. Its not a girl's name though, and personally we thought it sounded quite masculine!

Jess - posted on 07/09/2010

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I have no idea who Frank Zappa is, I got those name's from that baby naming book !

It has a chapter on everything I swear and then when you go to find the meaning on a common name like Cooper and its not listed.... go figure !

Lucy - posted on 07/09/2010

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Ha ha ha, Jess, I didn't know Frank Zappas kids full names!

If you are familiar with Frank Zappa's music, you'll know that Muffin was a very unkind thin to call his daughter. It reminds me of one particular song that I wouldn't want to be named after...;)

Jess - posted on 07/08/2010

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When I was pregnant I bought this baby naming book. It always makes me laugh !

There is a section titled "Is it a baby or a dog"? And it list's baby names that double as popular dog names, hehehe It also list's names that as slang for rude words too.

A few celeb baby names:

Jamie Oliver has Daisy Boo and Poppy Honey

Courtney Love and Kurt Conain have Frances Bean

George Foreman has 5 George Jnr's and Freeda George and Georgetta.... hmmm full of himself ?

Frank Zappa also has Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Muffin

And my favourite, but I can't remember the parents name, their baby is name Peanut ! Thats what we called Ava before she was born. I so wanted to call her Peanut !

Lucy - posted on 07/08/2010

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I think it is pretty weird thing to legislate for!

Yes, there will always be some parents who will make stupid choices for their kids, names may well be one of them, but I would have been very irritated to have to choose a name from a list or apply for permission to use a certain name.

@ JAIME-
Frank Zappa has two more kids (lucky them!) but their names are not quite so silly, a son called Ahmet and a daughter called Diva. Maybe he mellowed out with age ;) although I think the last one is just asking for trouble!

Jacquie - posted on 07/08/2010

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I don't think there should be regulations. I do however think that people should consider the name quite a bit before they go for it.

In high school I had a substitute teacher named Harry Ball. I felt so bad for him but he was a bit of a jerk to begin with so his name didn't matter as much as you'd think.

I also know someone named Candy Crumb. It's her married name but still I think it's kinda cute.

@dana I do like the name Roxanne :)

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Really Loreen? There are SOO many girls in my daughter's school alone named Princess! It's crazy!

p.s. We almost named our last baby Contessa, which means "princess" in Russian...

Charlie - posted on 07/07/2010

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But Dweezil zapper in concert was awesome LOL he is very talented .

In Aust , your not allowed to name your child with a title like Sir or princess .

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Michelle - I LOVE the name Holly! :D

We gave our kids traditional Russian names, but without going over the top. I purposely vetoed any names that I couldn't pronounce upon first sight!

Joanna - posted on 07/07/2010

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Audio... I kind of like that for a girl, I think it's super-cute!

We have to be careful with names though, because of my last name.

Sara - posted on 07/07/2010

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My mom has gotten into geneaology lately, and found that we have an ancestor named "Thankful". She told me that she wished she had known that, then maybe she could have named me Thankful. Uhhhh, yeah, thankful-ly, she didn't. (hardy-har-har)

Jaime - posted on 07/07/2010

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When my mom was born my Gram wanted to name her Holly Ivy...she was born three days after Christmas. My gg-ma said hell no and named her Karen Diane. My Gram hated that and called my mom Diane in spite of it...so now my mom signs her name K. Diane Hooper.

Krista - posted on 07/07/2010

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A fellow from my hometown is named Purdy Good.

When he introduces himself, it turns into a bad "Who's on first" routine.

Jaime - posted on 07/07/2010

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haha, don't forget Frank's other kid Dweezil...I think there is even one more, but I'm not too sure. Nicholas Cage named his kid

Kal-el. Bob Geldof has Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom and Little Pixie (all girls). Rachel Griffiths named her kid Banjo.



The list goes on...



http://www.infoplease.com/spot/celebrity...

Katherine - posted on 07/07/2010

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Here are some: •Shannyn Sossamon named her baby Audio Science… now that’s some name that would really make the child remain "his celebrity mom’s child".
•Rob Morroow named his child Tu,that is Tu Morrow,Tu at one point or the other would certainly face humiliation among his peers.
•Mia Farrow and Woody Allen named their child Satchel who entered college at the age of 11(that’s quite an association), though this child is also known as Seamus Farrow.
•Jason Lee named his child Pilot Inspektor…quite a divergent.
•Arthur Ashe named his daughter Camera after her mother’s profession who was a photographer.


And Frank Zappa named his kid Moon Unit

Katherine - posted on 07/07/2010

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Celebrity names are HORRID!!! Who was it that named their kid Moxy Crime Fighter? Then there's Blanket, Apple, and a plethora of others that are just...well inappropriate IMO. I'm all for people having their opinion and having a right to name their child but for GOD"S sakes!!!!!

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Michelle, I clicked 'funny' under your comment after I read Wayne Kerr....haha! I just wanted to clarify that I wasn't laughing at your daughter's names or the fact that your family doesn't like them. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the names Lily and Holly!

My family, actually almost EVERYONE I came across said they HATED the name Roxanne.....oh well! Screw them....I'm sure a lot of people still don't like it but they're obviously not going to tell me now! I had my heart set on it before I even got pregnant and there was no way I would have changed my mind. Hubby wanted Abigail.

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Lily and Holly are lovely names! I have hard time imagining people having and issue with them.

Jess - posted on 07/07/2010

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Some parents are so cruel. I went to school with a guy named Shay King.... poor kid got teased no end ! I love hearing American baby names, Im all for unique baby names but sadly here in Australia we are a lot more conservative. I would love to have a son called Chance, or Tripp or even Trigg something like that, it just wouldn't go down so well here !

Sara - posted on 07/07/2010

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I don't think there should be restrictions. While I do feel sorry for kids with bad names, it's the parents right to name their child what they want, though it's stupid to think it won't negatively impact a child's life if it's something really bizarre. I mean, when i was trying to decide on a name, i thought about if my daughter was a businesswoman or something like that, how it would sound for her to introduce herself to people.

My friend's aunt is a teacher. She's had a "Sextalina" and "Love Candy" in class. No lie.

Shelley - posted on 07/07/2010

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I went to school with Wayne Kerr

my friends and family don't like my girls Lily and Holly because they are both flowers.

Charlie - posted on 07/07/2010

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I have a friend named summer hoar , she changed her last name eventually .

there is also a chef in Aus named Shane d'lear .

Restrictions are good in some cases like that stupid woman who named her child candida , an STD !!

Becky - posted on 07/06/2010

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I think some of those restrictions are too restrictive, but I don't disagree with having some restrictions. Some parents just don't think, it seems!
When I was working, one of my coworkers had a child named Marijuana on her caseload. I think perhaps the parents were smoking a little too much of it when they named him!

Johnny - posted on 07/06/2010

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An investor in our company was named Richard Hard. He called himself Dick. The strange thing was, the guy did not seem to have any sense of humor whatsoever. I also had a kid in my daycamp whose parent's had named him Nimrod. They picked it out of an old name book on the flight over from Taiwan. They had no idea of it's current connotations. Luckily, the other kids were too young to know the word. After we gave them the heads up, they changed it to John before he started school that fall.

Tawny - posted on 07/06/2010

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A friend of mine told me that her cousin named her daughter Shanda Leer... poor little girl that would be embarrasing ...

Ez - posted on 07/06/2010

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We have a local politician here named Richard Face :-s Lucky he had the good sense never to shorten it to Dick.

Charlene - posted on 07/06/2010

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There's a school teacher here named Pix Butt.. no lie.
She had to get her number removed from the phonebook due to the prank calls she was getting.

I don't think regulations would work here, but sometimes I think it's needed. :P

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I swear this poor teenager was named Pleasure Cox - no lie.

What''s worse is that I had to call asking for the parent or guardian of this young lady. As if that weren't bad enough - it was a wrong number.

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Oh, I've heard my share of names from spending several years substitute teaching and teaching in the public school system. But I don't think there should be restrictions. I could possibly see how a list of 7,000 would work in Denmark. But in such a diverse country like America you would be trumping over people's cultures and traditions.

Rosie - posted on 07/06/2010

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i don't think there should be restrictions. it's the parents job to name their child, not anybody elses. while i do feel sorry for the child named Harry Ball, or fish and chips, or pilot inspektor, i couldn't imagine if it was against the law to name my child whatever i wanted to. if the child wanted to change his name when older, i'd let them. :)

Jessica - posted on 07/06/2010

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Aww, I have a Peyton to, and her name suits her just fine! lol but I can see why there should be some restrictions...like oh say..Blanket?! lol

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