We were talking last week about strange baby names, so I got to thinking about those kids in NJ a few years ago who were named Adolf Hitler--because the dad, openly Nazi, said nobody else would have that name--and Aryan Nation. Then I recalled reading about Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii and Fish 'm' Chips from Australia (below.) Maybe Hashtag isn't so bad after all? But some governments actually have lists of approved names for parents to choose from; not sure that would go over well in the U.S.
The Associated Press on July 24, 2008, and other news outlets, have reported that a judge in Australia overseeing a custody case ordered a name change for a 9-year-old girl whose custody was contested. The name given to her by her parents was Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii. The girl in that case, Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii, was so embarrassed by her given name that she refused to use it.
The AP story cited several other baby names in addition to Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii that have been rejected by Australian courts including Fish and Chips, Sex Fruit, and Yeah Detroit. Inexplicably, the names Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence escaped scrutiny in this country where the law precludes names that would cause offense to the reasonable person.
Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii and the other banned Australian names are just a sampling of bizarre names parents have attempted to name, and in some cases succeeded in naming, babies in recent years.
A New Zealand court last year forbid a family from naming their baby 4Real. That name choice was said to be motivated by the parents' amazement on seeing their baby's ultrscan.
In 2006, Malaysia published a list of forbidden baby names in an effort to discourage parental choices such as Hitler, Smelly Dog, and 007. Among the names banned by Malaysian authorities: Khiow Khoo (Hunchback), Chow Tow (Smelly Head), Sor Chai (Insane), and Woti (sexual intercourse).
Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii, Violence, Smelly Dog... what are parents thinking when they choose these names?
No Tulula Does the Hula from Hawaii in These Countries
Many countries have naming laws that are designed to prevent lifelong embarrassment to the baby. Such countries often attempt to forestall the use of aliases by requiring that people use only their given names. In France, Germany, Hungary, Spain and Argentina, among other countries, parents of newborns are required to choose names from a government-approved list. In Denmark, the government list includes 7,000 names. Denmark parents wishing to name their baby any name not listed require church approval.
U.S. Names More Bizarre than Tulula Does the Hula from Hawaii?
Two children in the United States have been named ESPN after the sports network.
But some of the most bizarre names given to babies in the United States have been given to children of celebrities. Four decades ago, musician Frank Zappa drew attention when he named his first two babies Moon Unit and Dweezil. The hospital refused to put the name Dweezil on the Dweezil's birth certificate, something the family did not discover until Dweezil was 5 years old. At that point, they petitioned a court to legally change the boy's name from Ian to Dweezil. Since then other celebrities have chosen bizarre names for their babies including: Comedian Penn Jillette who named his daughter Moxie Crimefighter. Shannyn Sossamon chose to name a child Audio Science. Jermaine Jackson named a daughter Jermajesty.
The British musician David Bowie named his baby Zowie.
Bizarre Name Regrets
When no one steps in to stop them, do parents ever regret giving their babies bizarre or unusual names?
A British couple is said to have come to regret naming their son Drew Peacock upon belatedly realizing that running the name together can produce an unsavory interpretation.
Published by Carol Bengle Gilbert
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