French parents to go to court after giving their baby this popular name

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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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.

Baby names banned in France 

Nutella

Strawberry

Deamon

Prince William 

Mini Cooper

Germany has a number of strict baby-naming rules

Germany has a number of baby-naming restrictions, including: no gender-neutral names; no last names, names of objects, or names of products as first names; and no names that could negatively affect the child's well-being or lead to humiliation.

Baby names banned in Germany

Matti

Osama Bin Laden

Adolf Hitler

Kohl 

Stompie

Switzerland has a list of strict rules, too

Like Germany, Switzerland also has a number of baby-naming restrictions, and the Swiss civil registrar must approve all baby names.

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

Judas

Chanel

Paris

Schmid

Mercedes

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 submitted get 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

Zoe

Harriet

Duncan

Enrique

Ludwig

Denmark only allows names from a pre-approved list

Denmark has a list of about 7,000 approved baby names, and if your name choice doesn't make the cut, you have to seek permission and have your name choice reviewed at Copenhagen University's Names Investigation Department and at the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.

More than 1,000 names are reviewed every year, and almost 20% are rejected, mostly for odd spellings.

Baby names banned in Denmark

Jakobp

Ashleiy

Anus

Monkey 

Pluto

In most cases, Norway won't allow you to use a last name as a first name 

Norway has loosened its baby-naming lawsin recent years, but it has kept two key provisions.

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

Hansen

Johansen

Olsen

Haugen

Larsen

Sweden bans names it considers 'obviously unsuitable' as a first name or offensive

Sweden bans first names that could cause offense to others or discomfort for the one using it.

It bans other names that would be considered obviously unsuitable as a first name.

Parents must submit the proposed name of their child within three months of birth to the Swedish Tax Agency and could face fines for failing to register a name.

Baby names banned in Sweden

Metallica

Superman

Ikea 

Elvis

Brfxxccxxmnpccclllmmn...

Malaysia considers names that are animals, insults, numbers, royal or honorary names, and food 'undesirable'

Malaysia has a list of names it considers "undesirable" and that are subsequently banned.

On the list of unacceptable names are animals, insults, numbers, royal or honorary names, and food.

Baby names banned in Malaysia

Chinese Ah Chwar (Snake)

Woti (Sexual intercourse)

Khiow Khoo (Hunchbake)

Chow Tow (Smelly Head)

Sor Chai (Insane)

One part of Mexico has a list of explicitly banned names that are considered derogatory, lacking in meaning, or mockable

A law passed in Sonora, Mexico, explicitly bans 61 first names that are either considered derogatory, lacking in meaning or mockable.

Authorities say the objective is to protect children from being bullied because of their name.

Baby names banned in Mexico

Facebook

Rambo

Escroto (Scrotum)

Hermoine

Batman

Parents in New Zealand who want to give a baby name with more than 100 characters are out of luck

In New Zealand, parents are barred from giving names that would cause offense, that are longer than 100 characters, or that resemble an official title and rank.

Baby names banned in New Zealand

Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii

Lucifer

Sex Fruit

Fat Boy

Cinderella Beauty Blossom 

Portugal has an 82-page list of names that denotes which are accepted and which are not

In Portugal, children's names must betraditionally Portuguese, gender-specific, and full, meaning no nicknames.

To make things easier on parents, the country offers an 82-page list of namesthat denotes which are accepted and which are not.

Baby names banned in Portugal

Nirvana

Rihanna

Jimmy

Viking

Sayonara

Names that are considered 'too foreign' or blasphemous will not fly in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government has banned more than 50 names it deems "too foreign," inappropriate, blasphemous, or not in line with the country's social or religious traditions.

Baby names banned in Saudi Arabia

Binyameen

Malika (Queen)

Malak (Angel)

Linda

Maya

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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. 

h/t PopSugar

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Sloane

Means “raider” or “warrior.” Guess we know who’s going to be champion of the playground.

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Carter

So presidential. So Beyoncé. So adorable.

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Taylor

Male… female… Swift, whatever…

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Jackson

Jack or Jackie for short.

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Lincoln

Honorable for a boy. Unique for a girl.

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Anderson

Perfect for budding journalists.

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Morgan

Gender-neutral names are totally having a moment.

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Barnes

Means “very young warrior”—perfect for your tough little guy.  

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Mackenzie

This cute name is becoming increasingly popular.

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Grant

Meaning: “great” or “grand.” Refers to how deep your love is for your tiny tot.

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Madison

An adorable New York-inspired moniker.

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Bailey

Old French for "law enforcer." No promises that this one won't get into mischief though. 

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Kelly

Clarkson, Osbourne, Rowland—we foresee feistiness in your baby girl’s future.

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Lee

In Old English, this name means “from a clearing.”

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Madden

Means “puppy,” which basically makes this the cutest baby name ever.

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Dawson

Will probably love creeks.

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Price

An ancient name with Welsh origins.

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Claire

This one means “bright and clear.”

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Davis

Means “adored,” because obviously.

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Quint

A little bit edgy, a lot bit adorable. 

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