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  1. #96
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    Aug 2014
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    Poland
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    In this country people tend to be conservative regarding names, and even though there are no laws which restrict parents' choice, most children are given names that would be regarded as uncontroversial and "normal". I would say that naming laws would likely be unnecessary in this country.
    I would say that it's similar here in Poland. We have naming laws, but many people narrow they choices even more than those laws would suggest! Choosing a perfectly "normal", but not popular name is quite often considered as "hurting a child".

    I don't agree with some of our naming laws — for example the one according to which a common noun can't be used as name. I like some of English word names and I don't really understand why Jagoda (Berry), Nadzieja (Hope), Róża (Rose), Kalina (Viburnum) — which are traditionally allowed — are in any way better than others would be. But, to be honest, even if word names would be legal, I rather wouldn't use them, living in Poland, because of peoples' reactions. I guess most of my favourite names (girls', especially) could be found weird by many...
    Dominika Elwira | 19
    Aniela - Antonia - Celina - Eliza - Estera - Idalia - Kalina - Klara - Leonia - Marcela - Melania - Renata
    Bartosz - Franciszek - Gabriel - Ignacy - Julian - Michał - Rafał

  2. #98
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
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    I don't really like the idea of naming laws, which may be because 1. I'm American, and I've never even heard of such a thing until recently, and 2. I'm not a huge fan of government intervention in any aspect of my life. Of course I hear a name sometimes and wish the parents had been told not to do it, but at the end of the day we still have full power over what we name our children. And honestly, a child is your responsibility entirely until they're of age, which does kind of make them yours. It's never really nice to think of a person as property, but I've always kind of felt like as a child I WAS my mom's property, since I had to do what she told me to do and what not.

    I can definitely see the pros of naming laws, though. Especially in countries where grammar and identity are more important than they are here in the US.
    Katie
    22, no kids. Just obsessed with names.

    Grace Eleanor Daisy Eloise Alice Layla Ariana Lila Violet Chloe
    Noah Evan Leo Oliver Atlas Thomas Ryan Ares Rowan


  3. #100
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
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    I'm pretty damn libertarian, but some laws are necessary, and this is one. To an extent. My opinion is it should be used only in extreme cases. Just like the state should step in if/when parents are being douchebags and beating their kids or denying them life-saving medical care because Jesus, the state should step in if/when parents decide to name their kid Fartface Dumpsterbutt. Of course there's no way around the fact that it's a subjective thing. There's no way to make a list of acceptable and unacceptable names. But again I firmly believe stepping into sacred parenting territory like this should be limited to names that will cause the child undue hardship, like Adolf Whitenazi or Bucknasty Shart.

    (All of that was an excuse to make up hilarious names.)
    Mrs. H.
    Trying for our first.
    Jack . Walker . David . Gabriel . Jonah . Joe . Michael . Whittaker
    Dream Combos: Jack Gabriel Walker & Jonah Michael Whittaker

    Clementine . Margot . Elizabeth . Jillian . Sybil . Beatrice . Vesper
    Dream Combos: Clementine ??? . Margot Jillian . Diana Elizabeth

    Avatar: Sarah Connor kicks ass.

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