New Zealand Bans Weird Baby Names
Planning to name your firstborn after the devil? You’re out of luck if you live in New Zealand, which has joined a handful of other countries in banning strange baby names, like Lucifer or the letter D. The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is cracking down, also ruling that Messiah, 89, Duke and punctuation marks are unacceptable as monikers. It’s a new direction for the agency, which approved odd choices like Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter for baby boys in 2008.
But New Zealand isn’t alone. The move follows similar laws in Sweden, a country that has banned Metallica, Superman and the name Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced Albin). So will this ruling save kids from years of teasing, or just stifle parents’ creativity? Maybe the agency should ask Frank Zappa’s daughter, Moon Unit, to weigh in on the issue.
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