Askamum story: New Zealand bans 102 names

Celebrities wishing to name their kids creatively will want to avoid New Zealand where names like Lucifer, Adolf Hitler and Messiah will be rejected.

boy and girl sitting wearing gender symbol t-shirt

By Soraya Auer

New Zealand is cracking down on parents getting too creative when naming their children after Lucifer was requested three times.

The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages’ list of 102 names rejected in the past two years includes Baron, Bishop, Duke, General, Judge, King, Knight and Mr because they are considered too close to titles.

Punctuation marks . (full stop), * (asterisk) and / (slash), Messiah, Adolf Hitler, 89 and single letters C, D, I and T were also turned down.

This crack down comes after the registrar made headlines in 2008 for allowing the names Violence, Number 16 Bus Shelter, and for a set of twins, Benson and Hedges (after the cigarette brand).

In 2008, a New Zealand judge ruled in favour of a nine-year-old girl’s wish to change her name, Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii, because it embarrassed her so much she hadn’t told people her real name.

Judge Rob Murfitt said odd names could scar children as they grew up. He said: ‘It makes a fool of a child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap.’

Name choice is also subject to a naming law in Sweden where the names Superman, Metallica, Elvis and Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (nicknamed Albin) were not approved. However, the names Lego and Google were allowed.

A judge in the Dominion Republic submitted a proposal to ban names that are either confusing or give no indication of gender in 2007, reported the Toronto Globe and Mail. Examples were Qeurida Pina (Dear Pineapple) and Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz).

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