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  1. #86
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    Ick. I didn't expect while reading through this that this would become a tea party tirade. That was a bit jolting to endure.

    Anyway, I am not opposed to naming laws, especially in countries like Poland and Iceland where gender and grammer are such huge issues when considering a name. Most Latin based languages have the same issue, though I don't know if those countries have naming laws. I think even some rudimentary laws (no naming them anything obscene) would be beneficial. We may have "rights" here in the USA (ok the whole civilized world), but our children are not our property and we shouldn't be naming something that will harm their self esteem (like naming them Shithead or something to the effect). Beyond offensive names, though, I don't think laws like this would work in English speaking countries as English is a mutt-language and the USA in particular is a mutt-culture. I may not personally like Renesmee [cringe] or Nevaeh or Jaxxson, but that doesn't mean other people who do like those names shouldn't be able to use them if they choose - and I am not saying that is what other countries are doing. A PP stated there is a child named Awesome in Denmark, so it is not like the laws are super restrictive.
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  2. #88
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    Quote Originally Posted by nymphalis antiopa View Post
    Ick. I didn't expect while reading through this that this would become a tea party tirade. That was a bit jolting to endure.

    Anyway, I am not opposed to naming laws, especially in countries like Poland and Iceland where gender and grammer are such huge issues when considering a name. Most Latin based languages have the same issue, though I don't know if those countries have naming laws. I think even some rudimentary laws (no naming them anything obscene) would be beneficial. We may have "rights" here in the USA (ok the whole civilized world), but our children are not our property and we shouldn't be naming something that will harm their self esteem (like naming them Shithead or something to the effect). Beyond offensive names, though, I don't think laws like this would work in English speaking countries as English is a mutt-language and the USA in particular is a mutt-culture. I may not personally like Renesmee [cringe] or Nevaeh or Jaxxson, but that doesn't mean other people who do like those names shouldn't be able to use them if they choose - and I am not saying that is what other countries are doing. A PP stated there is a child named Awesome in Denmark, so it is not like the laws are super restrictive.
    I mostly agree. I'm not opposed in preventing parent to call his/her kid Shit, so something basic is OK. But this can become very restrictive. In Croatia, we don't have naming law, but in my hometown, one official actually LIE to new parents that their children must have Croatian name. It's just overreaching and it's still possible to name your kid with foreign name, but only if you really want to argue with him.
    Tristan Gilbert°Robin Amaury°Leon Percival°Edmund Theoderic°Finn Beowulf°Magnus Oberon°Thorin Elliot°Edric Maximilian°Emil Orlando
    Freya Elysant°Belle Seraphina°Leda Cassiopeia°Briony Rosaline°Charlotte Romilly°Lotus Dorothea°Aurora Nimue°Cecily Eliska, Mabel Celestina
    girl & boy

  3. #90
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    Anyone naming their daughter "Clark" or son "Buzz" should be breaking the law.

  4. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by gipro2003 View Post
    I was born in Germany which has naming laws as well. When my mom was born in 1972, my grandma wanted to name her Olympia (she was born during the Munich Olympics Opening Ceremony), but she feared it wouldn't be an approved name. My mom is now Corinna Olympia, and Olympia has become a family middle name.

    I really think naming laws are a good thing. Some of the names I've seen given are pretty terrible and I really feel some parents don't give too much thought to the name of their child. At least if there were naming laws, they could just pick a random name of the list and it wouldn't be a Braidyn or a Stryker!
    Yes please no Stryker that is a name of a medical equipment company ughhh whats next Kleenex and Mattel?

  5. #94
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    I think naming laws are good: obviously they shouldn't be overly restrictive and I don't particularly like the idea of having to pick from a list (although the reason that Iceland has for this is decent). I think the Australian naming laws are perfect, in my opinion:


    not be obscene or offensive or contrary to public interest;
    (no racial slurs or infringements on the rights of another;
    be short and easy to write (In NSW, under 50 characters);
    not include symbols without phonetic significance such as N@talie, Da!sy, J#ke) or use numerals;
    not include or resemble an official title or military rank recognised in Australia such as King, Lady, Father, Prince, Sir or Admiral. This was after a law was passed sometime in 1995 prohibiting the use of titles as part of the baby’s given name.
    use English letters only;
    not be similar to a recognised body, organisation or trademark; and
    In Queensland, the name can’t include a statement, like Save Mother Earth or Down with Capitalism.
    Momo Flora
    Dossie Roland

    Name List:http://www.babynames.com/namelist/9846712

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