1)Linda- What was once the most popular name in the United States is forbidden in Saudi Arabia. In that country, certain names are “banned because they were not in line with ‘social traditions,” The Washington Post reports. Maya, Emir, Yara, and Laureen are also on the list.
2)Nutella – According to the Telegraph, a judge in France ruled that this name was not allowed ,not because of copyright laws, but because it would “make her the target of mockery” The baby was renamed Ella.
3)Fraise- Also in France, a court ruled that a baby girl could not be named Fraise, which means They said it could be construed as the slang word for ass. The parents went with Fraisine instead
4)Prince William – Another set of French parents tried to pass Prince William off as a first name, but were rejected because it would “lead to a childhood of mockery,”
5)Metallica, Lego, and Elvis- Also in Sweden, parents had to go to court for the rights to use the names Metallica, Lego, and Elvis. They all won!
6)Saint-The name that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West chose for their second child may fly in Nigeria and in the u.s but, in New Zealand, where you can’t give your kids names that resemble official titles, three sets of parents had this name rejected by the government in 2018.
7)Prince, King, and Royal- But, by far, the most disappointed parents in New Zealand are the ones who tried to give their children regal-sounding names: Prince, King, and Royal were the most commonly rejected names last year.
8)Robocop, Scrotum, and Facebook-Officials in Sonora, Mexico released a list of names that were rejected by the government because they could lead to bullying, and these three were on it.
9)Tom-Portugal also has rigid regulations about what it allows in names and one of those rules is that you can’t use nicknames or alternate spellings. If you want to call your kid Tom, you have to name him Thomás.
10)Thor-Portugal also forbids non-Portuguese names, and it has an 82-page list of names that have been banned. Thor, Nirvana, and Paris are included on the list.
11)Snake-In 2006, Malaysia tightened restrictions on what names would be allowed in that country, and Hokkien Chinese Ah Chwar, which means “Snake,” made the list. So did 007, Chow Tow (“Smelly Head”), and Sor Chai (“Insane”).
12)Apple and Violet-Also in Malaysia, in addition to animal names, they frown upon other natural names, like names that come from fruits or flowers.
13)Harriet-Iceland’s Naming Committee requires names to be spelled and conjugated in Icelandic, so when a girl named Harriet Cardew (whose father was from the U.K.) applied for a passport, she was told she couldn’t get one because her name didn’t work with the language. She’s officially registered as Stúlka Cardew (“Girl” Cardew).By the way,I personally think that is a good law.
14)Camilla-You know what letter isn’t in the Icelandic alphabet? “C.” So any C-names are a nonstarter in that country. Jón Gnarr, the former mayor of Reykjavík, called it an “unfair, stupid law against creativity” when he wanted to name his daughter Camilla.
15)Friday-Who doesn’t love Friday? Italians, in fact. When parents in the country named their son Venerdi, the Italian word for “Friday,” the courts ruled that it fell into the “ridiculous or shameful” category of names and ordered it changed. According to NBC news, “they ordered the boy to be named Gregorio after the saint on whose day he was born.”
16)Molli ,monkey-In Denmark, parents get a choice from a list of about 7,000 pre-approved names, or else they have to request permission. Molli was initially rejected because of its unusual spelling, Monkey because I was an animal and not a name. The country also rejected Anus, for obvious reasons.
17)Islam, Quran, and Mecca-Officials in Western China cracked down on Muslim names in a move that was widely criticized as a restriction on religious freedom.
18)Mercedes and Chanel-Brand names are also not allowed in Switzerland, so no matter how luxurious you find a name, if it’s already a car or a handbag, you have to find something else.
19)Judas-Switzerland also puts a stop to religious names that cause kids “undue harm,” which is why Judas gets rejected.
20)Sarah-Here, we barely notice the difference between Sarah and Sara, but in Morocco, one letter makes all the difference. ”Sarah” is banned because the spelling is too Hebrew — parents would have to opt for “Sara,” the more Arabic version.
21)Duke-When you think of the name Duke, people like Duke Ellington or Winston Duke may come to mind, but in Australia, that name is a no-no. It sounds too much like a title.
22)Ivory-In the late ’90s, parents in Quebec were asked to change their baby’s name because it was too similar to Ivory soap. The parents appealed, and they won.
Personally I think some of these nes were right to have been banned.Imahine a child being called ‘anus’ There is a limit to everything.Do not make your child an object of mockery.
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They are not banned all over the world, they are banned in some part of the world, abi which u hear say dem ban for Nigeria.
right like my name is oluwafolajimi but while I was in school, my seniors turned it to Fokojimi which get me infuriated sometimes
But why will a parent want to name his child ‘smelly head’ or ‘insane’?I mean,who does that 😲
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