If “professional baby namer” were a real job, I would be the first in line to fill out an application.
I’ve always been fascinated by the backgrounds and meanings of different names and wouldtake thatjob very seriously. Of course, I would make sure to keep the parents’ wishes in mind, but I’d also definitely steer them away from some of the more unfortunate monikers I’ve seen kids saddled with over the years.
That said, I have yet to run across any little ones whose parents attempted to be quite as creative as some of the options listed below. It’s hard to imagine what goes through someone’s head when they think giving their child a name like “Spinach” or “Email” is a good idea and those are two of the least surprising ones.
Other times, a name we find completely normal will be nixedin another country no matter how much the mom and dad protest.
Take a look and let us know in the comments if we missed any other bizarre examples of names being banned.
Swedish parents attempted to protest their homeland’s notoriously strict naming laws with this monkier, which they claimed was pronounced as “Albin.” The BBC reports that they were thwarted by authorities.
According to TheNew York Times,theDepartment of Name Research at Copenhagen University in Denmark oversees all baby names in that country. In the past, the agency prevented a pair of parents from using this nod to primates for their little one.
Harriet Beecher Stowe would have a different name had she been born in Iceland, whereThe Telegraph reports that a child with that name was officially only known as “Girl.” The country’s National Registry deemed it ineligible since it can’t be conjugated inIcelandic.
According to the BBC, a judge had to step in when New Zealand parents plantedthis whimsical title on their daughter and made them change itto something that wouldn’t, in hiswords, “[make] a fool of the child.”
Perhaps the German parents attempting to get this name by the country’s authorities waited to find inspiration in their tot’s temper tantrums. However, they were ultimately made to choose something more traditional.
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