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Thread: Names Banned in New Zealand
May 1st, 2013 06:53 PM #6~Boys~
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May 1st, 2013 06:55 PM #8
I believe (and other Brits please correct me if I'm wrong) there's no regulation in the UK unless you name your kid something extremely offensive. I do think that there should be a law on names, but then then there'd probably be a backlash from anti-government parents using their kid to make a statement. Perhaps something banning punctuation, numbers/single letters and taboo names would be good. But I don't think being told how to name your child would go down too well here :/
At the same time I think not having regulation is good- a lot of these parents are just rebelling and trying to get a reaction (who really wants to name their kid '.'?) Try naming your kid 'Mafia No Fear' here and you won't get attention or publicity. No one will officially care. Except your kid. You can deal with the bullying, foot the bill for therapy sessions and have fun being disowned by said child in 18 years. Thus, if there was a law here, I bet there'd be an increase in kids named Adolf Lucifer Mengele Ian Brady Fred West I Love Genocide Stalin Osama, or something, just because their parents are think they're being controlled.
So I'm in two minds really. Interesting topic though.
May 1st, 2013 06:56 PM #10Senior Member
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May 1st, 2013 07:03 PM #12
Here in Denmark, we have to get the names approved if they're not on the official list of approved names (and I legitimately know people who have had their request denied). I think it's a great idea because some parents are just downright dumb and name their children painstakingly embarrassing names; however, the list of approved names is getting more and more ridiculous because stupid names are being approved (seriously, then what's the point of it?).Zelia/Elja • Nineteen • Name and history nerd from an early age • I have a blog.
May 1st, 2013 07:07 PM #14
Justice, I would imagine, is banned because it's a title (for a judge).
I think their restrictions are quite sensible. And I don't think it's a question of intelligence but rather whether or not parents can turn their child's fundamental identity into a attention-grabbing statement. I'm sure Full-Stop and the like are actually reasonably well thought-out; the parents just want to make an extreme proclamation of their counter-cultureness or anarchist/nihilist beliefs or something.
There is a strong government tradition, in the US and other countries, of authorities stepping in to parent appropriately when parents fail (even in the case of deeply-held beliefs, like removing a child from their parents' custody to receive chemotherapy or insulin treatment when the religious parents were trying to faith-heal leukemia and Type 1 Diabetes). I think frankly ridiculous names can full under that aegis-- not simply a matter of taste, but a truly unacceptable name that will cause the child lifelong embarrassment and ridicule.
New Zealand's standards seem quite reasonable to me. In the States I have no problem with titular names, but can understand how Commonwealth countries would ban them.XY: Antoine Raphael (3.1.2012)
XX: Cassia Viviane Noor (11.30.2013)