It's Hard 2 Believe These Banned Baby Names Are 4Real

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Hello my name isThe subject of banned baby names is one on which I find myself wavering. On one hand, there's freedom of speech, and the rights of parents, which I believe little -- outside of physical or emotional harm -- should trump. On the other hand, some of the names people actually chose to bestow on their children are so outrageous and so flat-out awful, I think we should ban a lot more.

In New Zealand they're not wavering at all. There everyone has to run their intended name by a government board, and the board doesn't mess around. (They're the ones, if you recall, who made parents change a girl's name in 2008 from "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.")

This year their Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages released a list of some of the names they have banned to CNN, and it's unbelievable -- and somewhat horrifying -- that anyone would even consider these names. Here are some they rejected for various reasons ... in many cases, multiple times:

Religious and evil names:




Those that sound like you're more important than you are:






Punctuation marks:

"*" (asterisk)

"." (period)

And just the simply outrageous:

Mafia NoFear





Unbelievable. Are these people trying to set their children up for a lifetime of teasing and torment, or do they really like them? I would love to know the names the parents decided on instead of each of these when they were rejected. It's safe to assume they couldn't be much worse.

New Zealand isn't completely a land of the completely normally named, however. CNN notes that they have let some, um, interesting ones slip by, such as "Violence" and "Number 16 Bus Shelter." I'm thinking I'd rather be called "4Real".

Do you think it's right that countries ban baby names?


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Freela Freela

I see nothing wrong with some of those names (my son has a friend named Bishop, for instance.) Generally, I think the state shouldn't interfere with naming practices. Although some of those names are bad, many are at least passable, and it seems really invasive to have to have your name approved by the powers that be.

femal... femaleMIKE

Some should be banned like  "number 17 bus" and symbols.

Katy Khan

Hymen! Wtf?

Serab... Serabelle

I went to school with a woman names Justice, and I loved it, especially since her last name was Steel, so she sounded like a super hero! I also have a woman at work named princesses. I think numbers and symbols shouldn't be allowed, or anatomy/ curse words. Otherwise, I don't care. If you want to name your kid Christ, that's between you and your God

Fondue Fondue

I'm all for it.  Apparently there are some people who need to be protected from their own stupidity (or their parents' stupidity in this case).

Katriena Young

Some of the names you hear these days I can understand why they've been banned. Some I like, I have a friend who is named Queenie.

stara... starandseen

For the sake of the child, YES!! Children should not have to suffer teasing because they had no control when their parents pick such stupid and embarrassing names. I think that banned list should be much longer and should include phrases because God knows someone will want to name their child Soft Like Butter or Sweeter than

Honey. Oh wait. Maybe I shouldn't give celebrities more ideas of embarrassing names for their poor children. They'll probably start the next trend of who can think of the catchiest phrase for their baby.

Jessica Brown

Okay..... What ever..... Soon they will tell us when to have a child, and hw to have it..... Spanish/ Latino people name their kids Jesus all the time!! They just say it different, so what's really the difference????

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