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Many of you would have faced this dilemma… As a parent the struggle to find the perfect name for your new bundle of joy is real. It doesn’t help that others feel they have a right (and a duty) to pipe in with suggestions of their own, and this only serves to muddy the waters.

While there have been some utter shockers to have bubbled their way to the surface when it comes to baby names, the Huffington Post UK has revealed a list of baby names that are so awful they have been legally banned by the government from being used.

If ever there was proof that some adults need full-time supervision, it’s here.

Anus

Come on! A couple in Denmark went way out on a limb when they decided to ignore the more than 7,000 approved names the country has and put in a petition to call their bub Anus. Perhaps unsurprising was that their request was denied.

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Now before you ask, it’s pronounced ‘Albin’. Unclear as to how this is the case, but apparently the Swedish parents of this child were so enraged at being denied the right to called their child Metallica or Elvis they took it to extremes. They have since been fined about £450 (A$653).

Cyanide

A new mother in the UK was banned from calling one of her twins Cyanide (that’s a girl’s name in case you were wondering). She also went to call the boy twin Preacher, which is far less offensive. Credit to her for arguing the case though. In her mind the name was positive, and a quick history lesson shows that cyanide was used as the poison that ended Adolf Hitler’s life. While mum mightn’t have given the harm her daughter might suffer emotionally much thought, the courts did when they told her ‘no’.

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Perhaps a sign of some sort of addiction to social media? Who knows… There seems to be a trend of ‘silly’ names in Mexico and this was on it. You’ll also find ‘Harry Potter’, ‘James Bond’, ‘USNavy’, ‘Robocop’ and ‘Twitter’ on the list of names not approved for use.

Fish and Chips

Presumably pronounced ‘fush and chups’ as a New Zealand set of parents were desperate to give their newborn twins something unique. No guesses for what happened next.

Venerdi

Sounds pretty, doesn’t it? Almost symphonic, but no. In Italy, Venerdi means ‘Friday’ and the Italian officials thought that the name — which had apparently been taken from Robinson Crusoe — would open the little boy up to cruel taunts and criticism in the future.

It’s all good an well to have a unique name, but as professor Helen Petrie from the University of York told Huffington Post UK, “I found that people with unusual names had a really hard time, particularly when they were children.”

What do you think of this trend where parents are trying to give their children ‘unique’ names? Did you have any difficulty with your name as a child?

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  1. Any parent thinking of a ‘different’ name for their baby, MUST do the ‘back door test’, firstly.

    If it ‘passes’, & sounds ok, fine.
    If not, forget it!

  2. A couple I know had four children.

    The names’ they chose are some of the BEST I’ve ever heard:

    Susan Louise
    Paul Francis
    Christopher John
    Kathy Anne

    Nothing ‘outlandish’, just plain, good names, easy to pronounce, & spell.

    Common sense prevailed, unlike some ridiculously stupid names’ some poor kids’ are called these days.
    No wonder they need psychological treatment, with their ‘trendy’ names.

  3. My father who was born in 1913 told me about a girl who lived across the road who’s name was”
    Ofelia not sure of the spelling. Surname Cox.

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    • Normally spelled as ‘Ophelia’, as character in Shakespeare’s play, ‘Hamlet’.

  4. It’s not just names, the initials are important too…a last minute change as I was filling in the paperwork prevented my son ending up with the initials ARS. We had friends called Rose and they named their late addition to the family Wylde, she went on to marry Graeme Bull….
    I know what it’s like to be teased. My surname has been a source of amusement to many but as the years progressed I decided it was a great name to live up to, so I retained it even after marrying.

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    • Yes, as my surname starts with letter ‘C’, had to be very careful what son’s first name would be. We loved a first name starting with ‘W’, but didn’t want our son to be a ‘WC’!
      So moved that name as his middle one, & chose a completely different first name!
      Problem solved!

  5. I went to school in the 60’s with a lass called “Olive” surname Green. I think even then there were some parents that needed to rethink their new babes name. Hopefully she married and was able to change her surname.

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    • Could’ve changed it legally, by Deed Poll, when she was old enough to do so, if she’d wanted!

  6. My grandchildren are all named after trees
    Rimu
    Rata
    Matai
    Miro

  7. With reference to “a quick history lesson shows that cyanide was used as the poison that ended Adolf Hitler’s life”, I believe he shot himself in the head with a pistol. His wife Eva died by cyanide poisoning.
    Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Adolf_Hitler
    I do not believe in giving stupid names to children as they have to live with them the rest of their lives or at least until are old enough to legally change them.

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