Banned Baby Names

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    Apr 26, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    Just something that's not only fun to read but makes you go "hmmm."

    Enjoy.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/24/banned-baby-names_n_5134075.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular


    If you were Anderson Cooper and you’d been born in Germany, you wouldn’t be Anderson Cooper, because Germany is just one of a surprising number of countries with strict baby-naming rules and regulations. In some instances, as in Italy and Sweden, the motivation is humane -- trying to spare the child embarrassment, ridicule and bullying in the increasingly wild and wooly international baby-name environment. In fact, some of these are not long-standing strictures, but relatively recent ones.

    Anderson
    -No surname names are allowed in Germany, nor are names of objects or products. And also forget little German Taylors, Tobys, Rileys or Quinns, as all names must be gender specific.

    Bear
    -Both Alicia Silverstone and Kate Winslet would have had to find another name for their baby boys if they had been living in Malaysia, where the names of all animals, fruits and vegetables are banned.

    Carolina
    -This name would be out in Iceland because C is not a letter that exists in the Icelandic alphabet. As of 1991, the Icelandic Naming Committee decides whether a new given name is acceptable.

    Duke
    -New Zealand bans names that ‘could cause offense to a reasonable person’, which includes such other titles as Prince, Princess, King, Major, Sargent and Knight.

    Elaine
    -Elaine, as well as Alice, Sandy, Laura and Linda are specifically tagged in Saudi Arabia, fitting into the category of names that ‘offend perceived religious sensibilities, are affiliated with royalty or are of non-Arabic or non-Islamic origin.

    Hermione
    -This is one of the names forbidden in the Mexican state of Sonora in an effort to prevent possible bullying. Also on their (obviously recent) list: Harry Potter, James Bond and Lady Di.

    Kennedy
    -No, you couldn’t use the surname of a notable namesake -- even one who famously said, “Ich bin ein Berliner”—if you were christening your kid in Berlin.

    Maya
    -Though there were close to four thousand baby girls named Maya born in the US last year, you wouldn’t find a single one in Saudi Arabia, where she’s another one singled out for exclusion..

    Mona Lisa
    -This, for some reason, is one of the names explicitly included on the forty-one-page list of banned names in Portugal.

    Sarah
    -In Morocco, it’s no for the Sarah spelling, viewed as the Hebrew version, but yes for Sara, as that is the Arabic version: for the most part Arabic names must be used in Morocco—although a fee can be paid to use certain off-list names, such as Adam.

    Tom
    -In Portugal, no nicknames are allowed on birth certificates, so Tomás would be OK, but not Tom. It’s also on the books there that children’s names must be traditionally Portuguese, a full name, and not unisex.

    Violet
    -Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck would have had to rethink the name of their first child if she had been born in Malaysia, where nature names are frowned on.

    Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Sonora is a Mexican province. It is a state.
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    Apr 26, 2014 2:12 AM GMT
    In Uruguay they banned names that combined to the last name sound funny or offensive.
    Some english examples would be:

    Hugh Jass
    jackie kneoff
    Ice Ukk
    Seymour Butts
    Issac Dick
    Anita Cox
    Rob Banks
    Phill Mccrackin
    Ursach Adike
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    Apr 26, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    Darn, I always wanted to name my daughter Nutella, now you're telling me I can't?
    Btw. Only a child's first name has to be gender specific in Germany, you can go to town on the middle name. See poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
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    Apr 26, 2014 2:28 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidDarn, I always wanted to name my daughter Nutella, now you're telling me I can't?
    Btw. Only a child's first name has to be gender specific in Germany, you can go to town on the middle name. See poet Rainer Maria Rilke.


    Sorry I had to be a Debbie Downer.

    And thanks for clearing up the gender specific rule in Germany. I was thinking it only went as far as the first name but wasn't sure.