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You Won't Believe the Names That Have Been Banned Around the World

Apr 30 2014 - 1:09pm

Here's a post from our partners at BabyCenter [1]! Every week, we bring you the best parenting and lifestyle stories from the experts at BabyCenter, including this post about banned baby names [2].


[3]I can think of a bunch of weird baby names [4] that should be banned. I recently had this conversation with my husband who said, "If people want to name their kid douche-bag, it's not of my business." In other words, he disagrees with the notion of names being banned. Members of the July 2014 Birth Club [5] are discussing whether governments should be allowed to make certain names illegal. As it turns out, there are typical baby names that are banned all over the world.

Related: Does anything really hurt more than having a baby? [6]

Parents in Sweden, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries have been told their chosen name is not allowed. After reading these names [7], I don't blame them. Anal, Fish and Chips, @, and Superman are among the names that are banned. I chuckled upon reading them. However, now typical names are being added to the list.

According to The Huffington Post [8], some countries are trying to spare children "the embarrassment, ridicule and bullying in the increasingly wild and wooly international baby-name environment." Germany forbids parents from naming their child after a product or an object.

If you're in Malaysia and want to name your kid after a fruit, you can fuggetabboutit! I remember when Gwyneth Paltrow [9] and Chris Martin [10] named their daughter Apple. It caught many by surprise. She later explained why in an Oprah interview [11], "When we were first pregnant, her daddy said, if it's, basically one day he just said if it's a girl I think her name should be Apple. And I just, it sounded so sweet, and it conjures such a lovely picture for me, you know apples are so sweet and they're wholesome, and it's biblical and it's just, they're so, and I just thought it sounded so lovely and…"

Other names making the list include, names of royalty in New Zealand, James Bond and James Bond in the Mexican State of Sonora, Alice [12], Sandy [13], Laura [14], and Linda [15] Maya in Saudi Arabia.

Some consider this to be a restriction of parental freedom, and some may agree with the ban. There are bunch of names that I don't think anyone should call their kids. But, that's just my opinion. People should be able to name their child [16] whatever they want. It has nothing to do with me.

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Dad spends 35 years building the best dollhouse ever! [18]
10 tips for keeping children safe during a tornado [19]
Should there be a limit to extended breastfeeding? [20]


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