While it seems like parents in the United States have a lot of freedom when it comes to naming their children, some countries are stricter than others and thus have certain regulations in place.
For example, according to Business Insider, a New Jersey law allows parents to give their kids Nazi-themed monikers, such as "Adolf Hitler" and "Heinrich Himmler." But such names are banned in Germany.
Switzerland, too, has a number of baby-naming regulations, banning names such as "Mercedes" and "Paris," while Denmark only allows monikers from a pre-approved list. The names "Batman" and "Hermione" (sorry Harry Potter fans) are prohibited in Mexico, while Portugal downright forbids parents to name their children "Rihanna."
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Banned baby names around the world
Banned baby names around the world
France won't allow a name if the courts agree it will lead to a lifetime of mockery
In France, local birth certificate registrars must inform their local court if they feel a baby name goes against the child's best interests.
The court can then ban the name if it agrees, and will do so especially if it feels the name could lead to a lifetime of mockery.
In general, if the name is deemed to harm the child's well-being or be offensive to a third party, it will not be approved. Other rules include no giving a boy a girl's name or a girl a boy's name, no biblical villains, no naming your child a brand name, no place names, and no last names as first names.
Baby names banned in Switzerland
In Iceland, baby names must align with the linguistic structure and conventional spelling system of Iceland
Unless both parents are foreign, parents in Iceland must submit their child's name to the National Registry within six months of birth. If the name is not on the registry's list of approved names, parents must seek approval of the name with the Icelandic Naming Committee.
About half of the names submittedget rejected for violating Iceland's strict naming requirements. Among these requirements, names must be capable of having Icelandic grammatical endings, may not conflict with the linguistic structure of Iceland, and should be written in accordance with the ordinary rules of Icelandic orthography.
So, for example, if a name contains a letter that does not appear in the Icelandic alphabet (the letters C, Q, and W, for example), the names are banned.
Baby names banned in Iceland
Denmark only allows names from a pre-approved list
The name won't be accepted if it is considered to be a major disadvantage for the person or for other strong reasons.
And you cannot choose a first name that is already registered in Norway's Population Register as a last or middle name (in Norway, middle names are essentially second surnames). The exception is if the name has origins or tradition as a first name in Norway or abroad or has tradition in a culture that does not distinguish between first and last name. So naming your baby one of the most popular last names in Norway, like Hansen or Haugen, would not be allowed.
Baby names banned in Norway
Sweden bans names it considers 'obviously unsuitable' as a first name or offensive
Likewise, France has name regulations in place to prevent a "lifetime of mockery" for the child. As such, courts can ban a name if they disagree with a chosen moniker.
However, the country is making headlines for a recent case in which parents decided to name their daughter Liam. While unisex names are common in the Western countries, the name is traditionally given to boys -- and only boys, believes French prosecutors.
Explained The Local, the moniker "would be likely to create a risk of gender confusion" and "therefore contrary to the interest of the child and could harm her in her social relations." The parents are awaiting a trial date and are lawyered-up.
In other news, France also bans the names Nutella and Strawberry.