7/26/2011 7:13 PM
Celebrities beware! New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriage is cracking down on weird baby names, so stars will have to do better than Apple, Pilot Inspektor, and Sage Moonblood if they wish to give birth in the island nation.
In the last two years, New Zealand officials has banned 102 baby names, names which include Lucifer, Messiah, Baron, Bishop, Duke, and Mr. The agency refuses to allow names with full stops, asterisks, virgules, and other punctuation marks. 89, Fish and Chips, Adolf Hitler, and Sex Fruit were also banned.
However, New Zealand officials weren’t always strict. In 2008, the agency approved the names Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter (both boys) as well as Benson and Hedges for twins.
New Zealand isn’t the only country battling bizarre baby names. While Sweden allowed the names Lego and Google, officials struck down Superman, Metallica, Elvis, and Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced Albin). In 2007, a judge in the Dominican Republic attempted to ban confusing or gender neutral names like Querida Piña (Dear Pineapple) and Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz). According to CNN, Germany, Japan, Denmark, and China also limit what parents can name their children. In the United States, however, parents can name their child just about anything.
Though parents may think they’re being funny or cute when they choose a bizarre name, this decision can negatively affect the life of a child. According to the Herald Sun, a nine-year-old girl named Talula Does
the Hula From Hawaii legally changed her name because she couldn't cope with the bizarre moniker.
What do you think about odd baby names? Should the government ban bizarre names or should parents be able to christen their child Luicfer or Number 16 Bus Shelter if the mood strikes them?
CNN, The Globe and Mail