The list is here: http://www.irn.mj.pt/sections/irn/a_...=1333375560.38 ("Não" stands for forbidden and "Sim" for approved)
Here in the US, we officially can't use accent marks in names (like æ or ë), so I guess that counts as a name regulation. But other than that, the government doesn't care what you name your kid.
Japan has naming laws that are fairly lax- for the most part, you are allowed to name your kid anything you want as long as you choose from a list of kanji characters to make up the name (it's about two thousand characters). Though in the nineties someone there tried to name their child Akuma (which is the devil) and it was rejected, and several people raised a ruckus over a family trying to name their son Pikachu (though you can't get more international than that :)). I can't remember off the top of my head if it was allowed, though.
Ben Hur and Mona Lisa :D Is there a reason why a lot of English names are forbidden (Alexander, William, Oliver, Isabella, George etc)? Surely it would make sense to include popular names from other countries? I think Denmark are a little more lenient in that respect (they've approved the 5 names I just mentioned).
Also, does anyone know what the rules are when people have a child in a foreign country with these regulations? E.g. if I had a son whilst on holiday in Portugal, would I not be able to name him William? I know I could officially register him as William in the UK afterwards, but it'd be weird having two birth certificates with different names, if that's even possible :confused:
James, Brian and Ruby (only for boys) have been approved recently, and they are not Portuguese at all...
In Portugal, children with foreign parents can be named with names that are forbidden in that list. Basically, the government sends a letter asking the Embassy of that foreign country asking "is that an accepted name in your country?" and if the Embassy says it is, then the child may have that "forbidden" name.
A half-British teacher once told me she wanted to name her son "Alex" (which wasn't accepted at the time), but she gave up because she would have to pay 150 euros for that Embassy request... but I don't know if that payment still exists and/or if it's applied to all countries.
In fact ,despite the fact that is forbidden for Portuguese parents, William is in the 2012 top100, with 34 little boys. :)
I don't think there should be naming laws except for certain names [Lucifer] etc.
Thanks, Berries! It's quite interesting to hear about naming rules in other countries.
Funny, this made big news in Australia a couple of days ago and I listened to a radio program discussing Australia's naming laws and whether they should be tightened. At the moment, you can call your child anything you want, unless it's deemed offensive or contains unpronouncable symbols. The general consensus from callers to the radio program was that our rules should be tighter! However, I'm not sure about banning Lucifer. Yes, it has bad connotations, but so do a lot of other accepted names.