In early May, New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages released an updated list of banned baby names.
Do you have a Lucifer, Queen V, King, V8, Prime Minister or Justice in your family tree? Those are all (as well as others) on the list that are unacceptable.
The banned list is not static, and grows over time. According to the registrar, acceptable names may not cause offense, be unreasonably long or resemble any official title and rank.
Banned names go far beyond New Zealand. In Sweden, the Civil Registry banned the name Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 and, in the Dominican Republic, parents cannot name their children after cars or fruit.
While these names may not be the norm, it has caused debate about government roles in determining the responsibility for what a parent can name a child.
What do you think about these “different” names? Should we be able to name our children whatever we want, or is it unfair to subject them to bizarre names that may affect them in later life?
Do you have any “odd” names in your family tree?