Illegal Baby Names
Written by Hannah
“This week the Pope declared war on parents naming babies after celebrities, fruit or popular sports cars. In an address to parents, the ever-progressive pontiff pleaded with worshipers to ‘give your children names that are in the Christian calendar’. So Apple, Brooklyn and Ferrari are out, Francisco and Giulia are in.’
I think this is fairly sensible, but the really interesting thing here is seeing which names have been made illegal.
1. Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii (New Zealand)
“the country is a stupid name hotspot”. There were also quite a few parents trying to call their son ‘4Real’, but nothing beats the one above. It belonged to a 9-year-old girl before a judge had her renamed during a custody battle. ‘It makes a fool of the child,’ he said.
Others that were allowed: Fish and Chips (twins), Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit. Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence were allowed.
2. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (Sweden)
That is an actual name a Swedish couple tried back in 1996. It’s pronounced ‘Albin’ (somehow).
Other illegal names: Metallica, IKEA, Veranda and Q. Google was OK though. Fab
3. Chow Tow AKA ‘Smelly Head’ (Malaysia)
In 2006 government killjoys published a list of undesirable names that weren’t in keeping with the religious traditions of the country – such as this.
Has Malaysia banned any other names? Lots more Chinese efforts such as Ah Chwar (‘Snake’), Khiow Khoo (‘Hunchback’), Sor Chai (‘Insane’). Malays should also steer clear of Woti, which means ‘Sexual Intercourse’.
4. @ (China)
With more than a billion fellow countrymen, finding a unique name in China is difficult. Perhaps that’s why one couple called their baby the ‘@’ symbol – in Chinese characters it apparently looks a bit like ‘love him’. The authorities weren’t feeling as sentimental.
5. Anus (Denmark)
Parents are given 7,000-odd names to choose from by the government. Special permission is needed to deviate from the list, with ethnic names, odd spellings and even compound surnames forbidden. Luckily for him (we assume it’s a ‘he’), Anus was one of 250-odd names rejected each year.
6. Akuma AKA Devil (Japan)
In 1993 a Japanese parent called his son Akuma, it literally means devil! The authorities decided this was an abuse of the parent’s rights to decide a child’s name and a lengthy court battle ensued. Eventually the father backed down and junior got a new name.
some of the best I found in this article