If you were Anderson Cooper
and you had been born in Germany, you wouldn’t be Anderson Cooper
, because Germany is just one of a surprising number of countries with strict baby-naming rules and regulations. In some instances, as in Italy
, the motivation is humane—trying to spare the child embarrassment, ridicule and bullying in the increasingly wild and wooly international baby-name environment. In fact, some of these are not long-standing strictures, but relatively recent ones.
In Morocco, it’s no for the Sarah spelling, viewed as the Hebrew version, but yes for Sara, as that is the Arabic version: for the most part Arabic names must be used in Morocco—although a fee can be paid to use certain off-list names, such as Adam.
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