Picking a name to call your baby may be fascinating- but sometimes a pressure to both parents, you don’t want your child being bullied by some children on their age because of a poor name choice.
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In certain countries, they have the right to reject parent’s baby name choices or they require parents to choose from a pre-approved list of names, or make petition to add a name to the list. Others have laws protecting kids from parents who choose terrible names for them.
Read to see list of names that have been rejected or completely banned in countries around the world.
1. Lucifer- The Latin word for “light-bringing,” but the association for the German Language called it inappropriate.
2. Nutella – In 2015, a court in France ruled that this name is not allowed, not because of copyright laws, but because it would “make her the target of derision.” The baby was renamed as Ella after the parents failed to show up on their court date.
3. Ikea – Swedden has laws forbidding the name.
6. Prince William – A French parents were rejected because it would “lead to a childhood of mockery,”. The parents’ second choice — Minnie Cooper — was also rejected on the same grounds.
7. Mini Cooper
8. Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii
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9. Facebook – Banned in Mexican state of Sonora, as well as the names Twitter, Yahoo and Email.
12. Chow Tow- Animal names were banned in Malaysia since they tightened their naming restrictions in the country. The name means Smelly Head.
14. Osama Bin Laden – As Huffington Post reports: "German authorities prohibited a Turkish couple living in Cologne from naming their baby son Osama Bin Laden in 2002."
15. Fraise – Also a court in France ruled that this name can’t be use, Fraise means strawberry- which go well with Nutella. Some said it could be construed as the slang word for a**. The parents went with Fraisine instead.
16. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 – in 1991, a Sweddish parent submitted this supposedly pronounced as "Albin" but Sweden's naming regulations rejected the name which the parents had described as a "pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic creation."
17. Akuma- a Japanese term for "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.
18. Friday – For Italians, Venerdi, the Italian word for Friday, is ridiculous or shameful.
19. Apple and Violet - Natural names like names that come from fruits or flowers were also banned in Malaysia.
20. Chanel - Brand names are also not allowed in Switzerland.
22. Linda – Forbidden in Saudi Arabia because they were not in line with ‘social traditions".
25. Camilla - Iceland’s Naming Committee requires names to be spelled and conjugated in Icelandic, and letter ‘C’ is not in the Icelandic alphabet.
26. Thor – In Portugal, you can’t use non-Portuguese names.
27. Harriet – In 2014, a girl named Harriet made headlines in Iceland after the national registry refused to recognise her name, as it wasn't on the country's list of 1,853 female and 1,712 male approved names.
28. Saint- In New Zealand, three sets of parents had this name rejected by the government in 2018.
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29. III- Also in New Zealand, “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.
30. Prince, King, and Royal- New Zealand’s most common rejected names in 2018.
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