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No, you can't call your baby Lucifer: New Zealand releases list of banned names

Posted by on May. 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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No, you can't call your baby Lucifer: New Zealand releases list of banned names

By Lateef Mungin, CNN
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Wed May 1, 2013
Our little bundle of joy. We're going to name you Mafia No Fear.
Our little bundle of joy. We're going to name you Mafia No Fear.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New Zealand has an agency that signs off on baby names
  • Some names that have been vetoed are Mafia No Fear and Messiah
  • New Zealand is not the only country to edit names
  • Sweden also has a naming law and has nixed Superman as a baby name

Editor's note: Do you or your child have an unusual name? Tell us in the comments below.

(CNN) -- Lucifer cannot be born in New Zealand.

And there's no place for Christ or a Messiah either.

In New Zealand, parents have to run by the government any name they want to bestow on their baby.

And each year, there's a bevy of unusual ones too bizarre to pass the taste test.

The country's Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages shared that growing list with CNN on Wednesday.

Four words:

What were they thinking?

In the past 12 years, the agency had to turn down not one, not two, but six sets of parents who wanted to name their child "Lucifer."

Also shot down were parents who wanted to grace their child with the name "Messiah." That happened twice.

"Christ," too, was rejected.

Specific rules

As the agency put it, acceptable names must not cause offense to a reasonable person, not be unreasonably long and should not resemble an official title and rank.

It's no surprise then that the names nixed most often since 2001 are "Justice" (62 times) and "King" (31 times).

Some of the other entries scored points in the creativity department -- but clearly didn't take into account the lifetime of pain they'd bring.

"Mafia No Fear." "4Real." "Anal."

Oh, come on!

Then there were the parents who preferred brevity through punctuation. The ones who picked '"*" (the asterisk) or '"."(period).

Slipping through

Still, some quirky names do make it through.

In 2008, the country made made international news when the naming agency allowed a set of twins to be named '

"Benson" and "Hedges" -- a popular cigarette brand -- and OK'd the names "Violence" and "Number 16 Bus Shelter."

Asked about those examples, Michael Mead of the Internal Affairs Department (under which the agency falls) said, "All names registered with the Department since 1995 have conformed to these rules."

And what happens when parents don't conform?

Four years ago, a 9-year-old girl was taken away from her parents by the state so that her name could be changed from "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii."

Not alone

To be sure, New Zealand is not the only country to act as editor for some parent's wacky ideas.

Sweden also has a naming law and has nixed attempts to name children "Superman," "Metallica," and the oh-so-easy-to-pronounce "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116."

In 2009, the Dominican Republic contemplated banning unusual names after a host of parents began naming their children after cars or fruit.

In the United States, however, naming fights have centered on adults.

In 2008, a judge allowed an Illinois school bus driver to legally change his first name to "In God" and his last name to "We Trust."

But the same year, an appeals court in New Mexico ruled against a man -- named Variable -- who wanted to change his name to "F--- Censorship!"

Here is a list of some the names banned in New Zealand since 2001 -- and how many times they came up

Justice:62

King:31

Princess:28

Prince:27

Royal:25

Duke:10

Major:9

Bishop:9

Majesty:7

J:6

Lucifer:6

using brackets around middle names:4

Knight:4

Lady:3

using back slash between names:8

Judge:3

Royale:2

Messiah:2

T:2

I:2

Queen:2

II:2

Sir:2

III:2

Jr:2

E:2

V:2

Justus:2

Master:2

Constable:1

Queen Victoria:1

Regal:1

Emperor:1

Christ:1

Juztice:1

3rd:1

C J :1

G:1

Roman numerals III:1

General:1

Saint:1

Lord:1

. (full stop):1

89:1

Eminence:1

M:1

VI:1

Mafia No Fear:1

2nd:1

Majesti:1

Rogue:1

4real:1

* (star symbol):1

5th:1

S P:1

C:1

Sargent:1

Honour:1

D:1

Minister:1

MJ:1

Chief:1

Mr:1

V8:1

President:1

MC:1

Anal:1

A.J:1

Baron:1

L B:1

H-Q:1

Queen V:1


http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/01/world/asia/new-zealand-stange-baby-names/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

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lga1965
by on May. 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM
Lucifer ? Who would name their kid THAT ?
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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on May. 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

hilarious

punky3175
by on May. 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM
Well back to the drawing board...I had all those names on hand for my next kid. Wait...I'm not having any more kids and I don't live in New Zealand. :-D
tooptimistic
by Kelly on May. 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

 I can't imagine naming my kids any of those.

rcorley858
by on May. 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM

are there children in the united states people are naming lucifer, or messiah?  Wow.  i think it is a little aggressive for govt to get involved in naming kids but in this case, good work

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on May. 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM


I am betting there are kids named those here. Lol New Zealand on,y has about 1million more people than we do. There is bound to be a few nuts here too. 

Quoting rcorley858:

are there children in the united states people are naming lucifer, or messiah?  Wow.  i think it is a little aggressive for govt to get involved in naming kids but in this case, good work



DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on May. 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Are drugs legal there? Lol

parentalrights1
by on May. 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM
Haha maybe they should outlaw "Jesus" next
soonergirl980
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Who the hell would name their kid Anal?? Really??????

Generica
by on May. 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I think we need to blame Prince for these idiotic names. What was the name he changed to?

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