Parents in the US have a lot of leeway when it comes to naming their children.
Just look at siblings Adolf Hitler, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, and Heinrich Hinler Hons as an example. Though you could argue there were other repercussions, their parents were totally within their legal rights according to New Jersey law to give their kids these Nazi-themed names.
And though some states do have restrictions on what parents can name their children for certain practical reasons, the US Constitution affords parents a great deal of autonomy in raising their kids.
Other countries, however, take a different view, many feeling that if a parent doesn’t have their child’s best interest at heart when naming them, it’s the government’s responsibility to step in. And other countries are particularly concerned about maintaining cultural identity.
Here are some of the names banned around the world:
Denmark has a list of about 7,000 approved baby names, and if your name choice doesn’t make the cut, you have to seek permission and have your name choice reviewed at Copenhagen University’s Names Investigation Department and at the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.
More than 1,000 names are reviewed every year, and almost 20% are rejected, mostly for odd spellings.
In France, local birth certificate registrars must inform their local court if they feel a baby name goes against the child’s best interests.
The court can then ban the name if it agrees, and will do so especially if it feels the name could lead to a lifetime of mockery.
Germany has a number of baby-naming restrictions, including: no gender-neutral names; no last names, names of objects, or names of products as first names; and no names that could negatively affect the child’s well-being or lead to humiliation.
Unless both parents are foreign, parents in Iceland must submit their child’s name to the National Registry within six months of birth. If the name is not on the registry’s list of approved names, parents must seek approval of the name with the Icelandic Naming Committee.
About half of the names submitted get rejected for violating Iceland’s strict naming requirements. Among these requirements, names must be capable of having Icelandic grammatical endings, may not conflict with the linguistic structure of Iceland, and should be written in accordance with the ordinary rules of Icelandic orthography.
So, for example, if a name contains a letter that does not appear in the Icelandic alphabet (the letters C, Q, and W, for example), the names are banned.
Malaysia has a list of names it considers “undesirable” and that are subsequently banned.
On the list of unacceptable names are animals, insults, numbers, royal or honorary names, and food.
A law passed in Sonora, Mexico, explicitly bans 61 first names that are either considered derogatory, lacking in meaning, or mockable.
Authorities say the objective is to protect children from being bullied because of their name.
In Portugal, children’s names must be traditionally Portuguese, gender-specific, and full, meaning no nicknames.
To make things easier on parents, the country offers an 82-page list of names that denotes which are accepted and which are not.
Sweden bans first names that could cause offense to others or discomfort for the one using it.
It bans other names that would be considered obviously unsuitable as a first name.
Parents must submit the proposed name of their child within three months of birth to the Swedish Tax Agency and could face fines for failing to register a name.
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