Should You Have the Right to Name Your Baby Whatever You Want?

Suzanne Murray


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What's in a name?

Did you hear about the couple in Sweden that's fighting for the legal right to name their son Q? They've been calling him Q since he was born but the Swedish government says the name is not appropriate because it consists of only one letter and is prohibited by the country's names law. The country's names law?

Apparently Sweden has one and it's pretty serious. Many parents there have had to fight in court for the right to name their children whatever they wanted. And you never know which way the court is going to go. It ruled against Superman and Elvis, but said Metallica and Lego were okay. I'd love to know the reasoning behind that.

We don't have a names law in the United States and people can name their kid anything they want—and do. A New Jersey couple named their son Adolf Hitler (although a supermarket refused to write it on his birthday cake), and celebrities are renowned for bestowing all kinds of unique names on their kids.

What do you think? Should parents be allowed to name their children whatever they want? Or should courts be able to interfere? Would you support a "names law" in the U.S.?

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