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To think that Britain should take a tougher line on certain children's names?

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floraeasy Fri 31-Mar-17 21:08:52

I name this baby... Superman. And another one... Gazza.

Oh, and let’s call this little mite... Gandalf.

And why not throw in Arsenal for good measure!

All the above are British children’s real first names – and they have all been given official blessing by our liberal authorities.

In Britain, all names, however ridiculous, are up for grabs. Hence celebrities can bestow their children with the likes of Apple, Harper Seven, Zowie and Fifi Trixibelle.


The General Register Office says there are no restrictions on parents - except for exceptional cases, such as a name which could be deemed offensive, when an official could refuse to register it.

But such unusual names could blight a child’s future, according to Professor Helen Petrie, from the University of York, who has studied the psychological effects of having an unusual name.

“I found that people with unusual names had a really hard time, particularly when they were children,” she said.

They described getting teased and how traumatic it could be - because all children want to fit in. But when they became adults, they are often glad that they have something to help them stand out from the crowd.

“People with very common names sometimes feel that they aren’t unique enough. So I think there’s a happy medium to be struck.”

So isn’t it time we took a leaf out of baby naming books from other countries and make such monikers illegal?

Here are some of the worst offenders that have been officially banned in their own countries, but that any Tombola, Dickdastardly or Haribo could call their babies in Britain.

• Lucifer, V8, Christ and Messiah are among the baby names rejected by New Zealand’s department of internal affairs. Disappointed parents wishing to christen their offspring with numbers (89), letters (J, I, T) and punctuation marks (*) were also given short shrift.

• Fish and Chips (twins), Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit also got the kybosh, though the New Zealand judges did allow Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence.

• But the top of the NZ banned list must surely be Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

• In Sweden, there is a law preventing parents from naming their children Metallica and Elvis. But in a parental fightback, a couple attempted to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116. Yes, it’s spelled correctly. We’ve double-checked! And apparently, it’s pronounced “Albin”, though we’re not sure how.

• In Italy, judges prevented a couple calling their kid Venerdi aka Friday. They reckoned the name - taken from Robinson Crusoe - would expose the boy to “mockery”.

• Over in Norway, a woman was thrown in jail for two days for giving her child the unapproved name Gesher aka Bridge.

• On the other side of the world, the Malaysian government banned the name Chow Tow. It sounds harmless enough, until you realise the translation is Smelly Head!

• But in China, a family wanted to keep their baby’s name short and sweet, by simply calling it @. Perfect for Twitter, we’d have thought.

• In Germany, the names Stompie, Woodstock and Grammophon have been turned down, whereas the similarly strange Speedy, Lafayette and Jazz were allowed.

• In New Zealand, a whopping 77 names have been banned. They include Lucifer, Mafia No Fear, 4Real, 2nd, 3rd or 5th and ‘.’ (or full stop!).

• But surely top of the pile (excuse the pun) of banned baby names is this from Denmark: Anus. Apparently, the judges thought the baby’s parents were trying to make an a**e of their offpring!

00100001 Fri 31-Mar-17 21:11:51

How does a little but being called Gazza affect you or your loved ones? confused

TheWoodlander Fri 31-Mar-17 21:16:19

the New Zealand judges did allow Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence.

WTAF ?? confused

Stickerrocks Fri 31-Mar-17 21:20:12

Most of the names on the Baby Names threads here should be banned. I imagine those suggesting Aubrey, Wolf and Moonraker have actually called their own children Isobel and Oliver and do it for fun to see if anyone is daft enough to fall for their suggestions.

Asmoto Fri 31-Mar-17 21:21:25

AIBU to ask why no one can pronounce my DC's name?

... his name is Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 - which surely any reasonably educated person would know is pronounced 'Albin', so why do I have to explain this repeatedly to teachers, health workers, distant family members etc?

DearMrDilkington Fri 31-Mar-17 21:22:07

What's wrong with the name Harper?

Instasista Fri 31-Mar-17 21:22:22

You would actually ban gazza? What's wrong with it?

I wouldn't ban names. Freedom!

foxyloxy78 Fri 31-Mar-17 21:24:13

confused your baby. Call it what you like.

floraeasy Fri 31-Mar-17 21:24:28

Some countries take banning names a bit too far though, I think:-

A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has won the right to keep her first name, despite it being "unapproved" by the state.

Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer 15 years ago, she was breaking the law.

In the eyes of the authorities Blaer, which means "light breeze", was a male name and therefore not approved. It meant that for her entire childhood, Blaer was known simply as "Girl" on official documents.

But Reykjavik District Court ruled on Thursday that it could indeed be a feminine name.

"Finally I'll have the name Blaer in my passport," she said after the ruling.

BoboChic Fri 31-Mar-17 21:25:28

What's wrong with Elvis? I know of two at my DD's old school. Admittedly celebrity children, but it's not deeply weird, just a bit show offy.

WhooooAmI24601 Fri 31-Mar-17 21:25:31

I think once you begin to call for certain names to be banned, you open us all up to everyone's names being banned because 'offensive' is so subjective. Obviously you can't call your kid Dickhead McHitler but dictating what people can and can't do with their DCs is bollocks unless it directly harms them.

DearMrDilkington Fri 31-Mar-17 21:25:33

Is V8 code for something or did someone just like the look of it?

floraeasy Fri 31-Mar-17 21:25:44

I have an unusual name. Not really weird or anything, but unusual enough I wanted to change it as a child to fit in.

I think a lot depends on the child's personality as to whether they can "live up to" the name I suppose.

SaucyJack Fri 31-Mar-17 21:25:51

YABU. All names would've been wacky and out-there the first few times they were used.

Rather Gandalf or Apple than yet another fucking Thomas or Emily.

(Number 16 Bus Shelter is massively taking the piss- I grant you)

Beebeeeight Fri 31-Mar-17 21:26:36

Yeah freedom is a good name

floraeasy Fri 31-Mar-17 21:26:50

I am surprised at some of the names in that article that are banned, actually. Britain does seem to be one of the most easygoing countries with regards to names.

spanieleyes Fri 31-Mar-17 21:28:11

In my school at the moment I have a JayTee, a JayLee and a JayJay ( all pronounced, perhaps surprisingly just as they are written!) All of which might be quite cute when you are 8 but rather embarrassing later in life!

DearMrDilkington Fri 31-Mar-17 21:28:42

which names do you think should be banned in Britain then easy?

floraeasy Fri 31-Mar-17 21:31:35

which names do you think should be banned in Britain then easy?

Let's see.... how about Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, Hitler and Anus? I can't see a child's life going so well with one of those names.

floraeasy Fri 31-Mar-17 21:32:22

According to the article, parents had to be stopped from using these names. Otherwise, that would have been the kids' names shock

Rainbow1987 Fri 31-Mar-17 21:32:25

I actually know a little girl called Chlamidya. I kid you not!

BeachyKeen Fri 31-Mar-17 21:32:45

Both of our DC have extraordinarily rare names. Ds is one of 2 in the country with his first name.

RapunzelsSplitEnds Fri 31-Mar-17 21:33:25

V8 was/is an engine, a vegetable drink and the new Dyson.

lalalalyra Fri 31-Mar-17 21:33:29

I think there should be a law that if you give your child an outlandish first name then you must give a sensible middle name.

I am forever grateful that my Nana persuaded my parents to give me Lyra as my middle name - it would have been much more of a palaver to change my name from the ridiculous moniker I had to deal with until I was 14.

DearMrDilkington Fri 31-Mar-17 21:35:38

I actually know a little girl called Chlamidya. I kid you not!

shock I'm curious what her middle name is..

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