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.
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.
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).
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’.
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.
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.”