Crazy banned baby names

Internationally, the worst attempt at naming a baby for 2012 was “#”, or “Hashtag”. There are some close contenders on this list, however, names banned by the New Zealand government since 2001, according to Time. Most of the names are banned for the simple reason that they would cause humiliation to the child, but some of the bizarre choices are blatantly useless.

Here are New Zealand’s top banned baby names:
  • Messiah, Christ and Lucifer. Presumably not requested from the same parents.
  • Royal, Duke, Queen, Majesty, Knight, Majesti, Saint and Lord are all no-nos, and so is Bishop, which, according to Time, has been rejected 62 times!
  • Those aren’t too bad, though. Some of the wackier monikers are: V8, Anal, 5th, the Roman Numerals “ll” and “lll”, 4Real, Mafia No Fear, Mr and, in a fit of abbreviated madness,  “.” (full stop).

But what's allowed, then?

Time Magazine also reminds us that New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has previously allowed names such as Violence, Number 16 Bus Shelter, and a set of twins, Benson and Hedges (after the cigarette brand).

It just goes to show that the hormonal chaos of pregnancy or the derangement of sleeplessness which comes with a newborn can lead to some creative leaps when searching for the right name for baby.

Parents vary on the routes they choose when finding a baby name. Some parents opt for conservative traditional Western names, some choose names to honour family, and some go for creative names which are unusual or unique.

Note to babies:

Don’t worry, though, if you’re named Zowie Bowie or Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii, you can always head to the registry office and choose a new name. Why not use the Parent24 Baby Name Finder?

Ever come across a zany name? What was it, and why did the parents choose it?

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