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Thanks, mum (BABY NAMES) | The Economist

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Baby names: Thanks, mum | The Economist.

“LUCIFER, V8, Anal, Christ: these are among the baby names rejected by New Zealand’s department of internal affairs, who recently released a comprehensive list of those disallowed by registrars in the past ten years. Though no name is banned outright, says Ross McPherson, the deputy registrar-general, some applications were not even words. Disappointed parents included those wishing to christen their offspring with numbers (89), letters (J, I, T) and punctuation marks (*).”

What you name your kids is pretty dang important … just as important as what you don’t name them, apparently.

“Governments argue that these rules prevent children being saddled with preposterous names (Sinbin) that may cause them problems in later life. They also aim to block names that might cause offence to others (Jesuswept). Even where registrars have no power of prohibition, worrisome choices can be referred to judges or to child-protection agencies. In 2009 a couple in New Jersey lost custody of a boy they had named Adolf Hitler.”

Read the article for more.