Saturday, May 04, 2013

The names New Zealand wouldn't allow

New Zealand's Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages has released an updated list of rejected names that parents attempted to bestow upon their newborns.

Six sets of parents have tried — & failed — to legally name their child "Lucifer" during the past 12 years. Other banned names include "Anal" & "4real." Punctuation marks such as “.” (full stop) & “*” (star symbol) were also overruled, as were names using slashes & brackets.

The agency does not allow names resembling an official title or rank, so there aren't any children legally called "King," "Princess," "Majesty" or "Knight."

"Justice" is the most popular banned name, having been rejected 62 times since 2001. Two sets of parents tried their luck with "Justus" & one with "Juztice,” but those were also shot down.

However, some peculiar names have been approved, including “Midnight Chardonnay,” “Violence” & “Number 16 Bus Shelter.”

In 2008, a 9-year-old New Zealand girl named "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii" was made a ward of the court so that her name could be changed.

Sweden is another country known for its naming laws. In the ’90s, a couple famously tried to name their child "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116" (pronounced "Albin," of course), but it was rejected.

Here is a list of New Zealand’s banned names & how many times they have come up since 2001.
Justice: 62
King: 31
Princess: 28
Prince: 27
Royal: 25
Duke: 10
Major: 9
Bishop: 9
Majesty: 7
J: 6
Lucifer: 6
Using brackets around middle names: 4
Knight: 4
Lady: 3
Using back slashes between names: 8
Judge: 3
Royale: 2
Messiah: 2
T: 2
I: 2
Queen: 2
II: 2
Sir: 2
III: 2
Jr:2
E: 2
V: 2
Justus: 2
Master: 2
Names that have come up once:
Constable, Queen Victoria, Regal, Emperor, Christ, Juztice, 3rd, C J, G, Roman numerals III, General, Saint, Lord, "." (full stop), 89, Eminence, M, VI, Mafia No Fear, 2nd, Majesti, Rogue, 4real, "*" (star symbol), 5th, S P, C, Sargent, Honour, D, Minister, MJ, Chief, Mr, V8, President, MC, Anal, A.J., Baron, L B, H-Q and Queen V.

New York Daily News

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