Looking at how modern celebrities call their children, it would seem that there is little to surprise us. Elon Musk and the singer Grimes called their baby X Æ A-12, or Gwyneth Paltrow who named her daughter Apple. However, in some countries it is believed that there should be certain restrictions on the names of newborns and not all creative ideas of parents should be encouraged.
We found out how our editors could not name their children if they suddenly moved to live in another country.
Nutella and Strawberry – France
The French family named their daughter after the sweet chocolate spread Nutella. Perhaps the parents dreamed that their child would become as popular all over the world in the future. But it happened differently. At school, the girl was teased by her peers, because of which the child was forced to change his name to Ella. The story was widely discussed in French society, and as a result, the government of the country officially forbade giving the name Nutella to children.
Another French couple wanted to reward their daughter with the name Fraise (from French for “strawberry”), but was refused. The reason for this was a play on words: there is a rather rude phrase in slang with a similar sound. As a result, the baby was named Fraisine.
Terminator – Mexico
Who would have thought, but for a long time in Mexico this name was quite common. At some point, there were too many kids named after the movie character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Therefore, the local authorities decided to ban the name Terminator.
Ikea – Sweden
Who among us doesn’t love this chain of Swedish furniture stores? But is it good enough to name your child after it? The Swedish authorities decided to play it safe and in 1982 issued a law according to which parents cannot give their children names that “may cause discomfort to the one who uses them.”
Camilla – Iceland
Iceland has a special committee that sets and regulates clear rules for naming newborns. So, for example, it is forbidden to call your daughter Camilla, since there is no letter “c” in the local alphabet. You can give the child the same name, but with the letter “k” at the beginning (Kamilla).
Santa Claus – Ohio (USA)
Robert William Handley, who lives in Ohio, seems to be very fond of New Year’s holidays, as he wanted to rename himself Santa Robert Claus. However, local authorities have banned the use of such a name. The man was not satisfied with this decision, and he filed a lawsuit to review the case. In the end, he obtained permission to change his name.
Peppermint and Stone – Germany
In Germany, they wanted to give the child the name Pfefferminze (translated from German – “peppermint”). But the request was denied on the grounds that “it might cause ridicule.” Another refusal was received by the name Stone – due to the fact that “the child cannot identify themselves with it, because it is an object, not a name.”
Friday & Blu – Italy
Such a beautiful and beloved day of the week as Friday is forbidden in Italy to be used as a name. An Italian court ruled that Venerdi (translated from Italian means “Friday”) falls into the category of “funny or shameful”, therefore, it is inadmissible to use.
Also in 2018 in Milan, local authorities refused a couple who wanted to name their daughter Blu (translated from Italian as “blue”). The decision followed a 2000 presidential decree, which stated that “the name given to a child must match its gender,” and Blu cannot be considered unambiguously feminine.
However, this prohibition does not apply throughout Italy. For example, in 2020, the “dancing millionaire” Gianluca Vacca and his beloved Sharon Fonseca gave their newborn daughter the name Blu Jerusalema. The couple live in Bologna, where it appears that the name Blu is not considered unacceptable to a child.
Pluto – Denmark
In Denmark, parents can choose a name for their child from the official government list, which has about 7,000 approved names. Those who want to give a name that is not on the list must obtain official permission for it. So, for example, Pluto and Monkey are on the list of prohibited names.
@ – China
One Chinese couple wanted to name their child @. The thing is that the sign “doggy” sounds like “ay-ta” and in Chinese is similar in pronunciation to the phrase meaning “to love him.” However, the idea was not successful: in China, you can’t use symbols as a name.
Princess – New Zealand
In New Zealand, it was forbidden to call children Princess. The country rejected this name due to the fact that it is an official title. The list of prohibited names also includes titles such as prince, king, queen, duke, major, bishop, saint, sir, lady, constable and baron.