New Zealand Updates List of Banned Baby Names

In New Zealand, you can't name children after punctuation marks, or call them V8, Anal or 4Real

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King, Princess, Prince. Just because your own little darling is a sweet princess in your eyes doesn’t mean the government of New Zealand will let you name your newborn baby that.

This week, the Commonwealth country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages released an updated list of 77 unacceptable baby names, perhaps to discourage new parents from picking ones that, well, might haunt their children for life. The name Justice was rejected the most — a whopping 62 times, CNN reports.

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Royal titles — such as Duke and Majesty, and even the term Royal — were also high up on the list. Roman numerals, like III, are also taboo. One baby was almost called 89. Eight parents wanted to insert backslashes into their children’s first names, while four wanted to put brackets around their middle names. Not to mention that the government has already rejected Lucifer at least six times. Just imagine how the government of New Zealand would react to the strange names celebrities give their children — or the seven that Uma Thurman gave her daughter.

New Zealand isn’t the only country to crack down on strange names; Germany and Iceland also have rules for registering a newly born child.

Other names that have been rejected since 2001 include:

Royal, Duke, Major, Bishop, Majesty, J, Lucifer, Knight, Lady, Judge, Royale, Messiah, T, I, Queen, II, Sir, III, Jr, E, V, Justus, Master, Constable, Queen Victoria, Regal, Emperor, Christ, Juztice, 3rd, C J, G, Roman numerals III, General, Saint, Lord, . [full stop], 89, Eminence, M, VI, Mafia No Fear, 2nd, Majesti, Rogue, 4real, * [star symbol], 5th, S P, C, Sargent, Honour, D, Minister, MJ, Chief, Mr, V8, President, MC, Anal, A.J., Baron, L B, H-Q and Queen V.

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42 comments
DianneSchuch
DianneSchuch

ok...does this mean you cannot put II or III or Jr. at the end of the names?  


That refers to heritage so I must be reading this wrong.

jdamman
jdamman

My name is Justus. I haven't got any idea why that would be a banned name. Anyone?

__luka
__luka

I don't understand the logic behind banning the name 'Rogue'. Anyone?

hanwilk
hanwilk

My cousin just got born last night (in New Zealand) and his parents have named him Duke...

shuttindown
shuttindown

While I don't agree with silly naming conventions, it is only my opinion and I would never want our government to step in and exercise control in that way.  It seems that when we want to rely on people to act sensibly we are sorely disappointed time after time.  As for those of you that condone this type of governance, think about the name Michael.  Not so bad, right?  Goes by Mike.  Well, what happens when Mike's last name is Hunt.  Are you in favor of the government now assessing First/Last name pairings to make sure they conform to what you proclaim to be "proper"?

eetyourface
eetyourface

Luckily i stay in Brakpan South africa. My sons name is Ford

theconstitutionstillmatters
theconstitutionstillmatters

It's crazy how quickly you hand over your rights to the government. All the government has to say is they are protecting the children.. It's amazing how many people want the government to be their nanny. Who cares if the name was made up? All names were once made up. Maybe the government should determine what you eat every day. The may say you can only read books with positive messages. We don't want kids to be sad. It could be that people submit ridiculous names in protest. Either you have free speech or you don't. 

JulianTerris
JulianTerris

I don't see what's wrong with "Justus" -the rest are pretty obviously setting a child up for ridicule. But as for "Lucifer" and "Anal" etc.  -Why are people who would choose these names for their kids, having children? -I wouldn't trust people who would do so with a dog -much less a child?! :0





 

WhiteWookiee
WhiteWookiee

Justus, really? That's a traditional name with a long history & not even particularly goofy. Weird list.

FernandoPoo
FernandoPoo

Doesn't anyone else think it's funny that the reporter's name is "Ho"?

hkhamm
hkhamm

Completely absurd. Governments have absolutely no business regulating peoples names. 

MichaelDriver
MichaelDriver

If only the US would adopt this. It's sickening to see the "names" that idiot, attention seeking "parents" saddle their children with just because they have some desire to be different. I once worked with a gent who has thirteen names!  His birth certificate looks ridiculous. Daily you see names that defy not only belief, but even pronunciation at times, and I'm not speaking of foreign names, but idiotic, made-up names.

Lalala
Lalala

Well, I think such a list should be done here in America. Freedom of speech is one thing, but imposing absolutely STUPID names on a kid and subjecting them to widespread ridcule is a form of emotional abuse! Makes me think the parent must hate the kid. Why else would they put such dumb names on a child like an albatross around one's neck?

Kimmybird
Kimmybird

I have mixed feelings on this due to free speech issues but as a teacher of 13 year olds I know it is unkind to give your child a name which can be easily made fun of.  Children will find ways to tease but setting your child up isn't fair.  

ramstell
ramstell

@jdammanAnything sounding like a proper title (King, Queen, etc) is banned in New Zealand.  Justice/Justus sounds like a Judge or Justice of the Peace.

DianneSchuch
DianneSchuch

@hanwilk  Not for long.  They may have named him that, but once it goes to the registrars, it will be rejected.

tube6l6
tube6l6

@theconstitutionstillmatters    Ok, I'm gonna exercise free speech here to rename you pinhead, and you have to use that as your new name from now on.   What's that?  You won't comply because you don't have to?  Some unfortunate kids don't have it so easy
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schumachergirl1956
schumachergirl1956

I agree after all some celebs like Judge Rienbold his name is that ,after all who is having the baby the royal family isnt we have names that suits our child(ren)not to please the public but our familes.If horses have royal names if it is fit for a horse and other animals it is good for our child(ren).

KikiChrome
KikiChrome

New Zealand law specifically bans names that sound like official titles. You can't name your child Justice (or anything that sounds like Justice) because there's a fear that, in adulthood, people would mistake that person for a judge. For the same reason you can't name your child Doctor or Emperor or His Holiness. Basically it's meant to be a protection against fraud.

MichaelDriver
MichaelDriver

There is such a thing as abuse of freedom of speech! I don't believe that naming a child an idiotic name that will make them a target for ridicule, and abuse is the proper exercise of freedom of speech anyway. It's child abuse, plain and simple. All for the delight, attention seeking, celebrity worship, and plain ignorance of the parents.

MichaelDriver
MichaelDriver


No, not really. Ho is an ethnic name, NOT some ignorant, street slang for a prostitute. Only an adolescent mentality would even see that in the reporters name. Grow up!

MichaelDriver
MichaelDriver

@hkhamm I disagree,  when people insist on saddling innocent children with absurd names, then the government should step in to protect the innocents from ridicule, and abuse at the hands of others because their parents are selfish, attention seeking, ignoramuses that shouldn't be allowed to breed in the first place.

DianneSchuch
DianneSchuch

@MichaelDriver  A black friend of my daughter said women of her color name their children after the sound the afterbirth makes when it hits the floor.

JohnOstrowick
JohnOstrowick

@MichaelDriver Agreed. In our country, the Afrikaners (Dutch descendants) have a lot of fun remixing names, mostly French names, as some of them have partial Huguenot descent. So they'll take the first syllable of one name, and the second of another. So here's an example: Marjean. I am not sure if it's Mario/Mark at the beginning, but you get the idea. It becomes a bit bizarre.

UMassFACGuy
UMassFACGuy

@MichaelDriver and all the stupid spellings thereof. I know four girls, all Kathryn in one form or another, they all spell it different.

WhiteWookiee
WhiteWookiee

@MichaelDriver I like traditional names myself, but isn't there a line somewhere between "CJ" and "Anal Emperor III?" Who gets to draw the line & what gives them the right? 

900662652
900662652

Instead of banning names shouldn't we take a more active anti-bullying initiative? That seems to be the only argument in favor of a list such as the one in this article. What happened to the whole celebrate diversity thing that everyone and their mothers seemed to be all over two years ago?Anyone who has been through the public education system knows that bullying is going to happen to everyone at one point or another no matter who you are. Sounds like an indirect encouragement to bullying to me. "They don't need more ammo," etc. etc.

900662652
900662652

Instead of banning names shouldn't we take a more active anti-bullying initiative? That seems to be the only argument in favor of a list such as the one in this article.

What happened to the whole celebrate diversity thing that everyone and their mothers seemed to be all over two years ago?

Anyone who has been through the public education system knows that bullying is going to happen to everyone at one point or another no matter who you are.

Sounds like an indirect encouragement to bullying to me. "They don't need more ammo," etc. etc.

SrebrinaMincheva
SrebrinaMincheva

@MichaelDriver I agree with you. People in the US are so weird about names sometimes, I feel like there should be more rules about acceptable names in here as well. Maybe then there wouldn't  be so many ridiculously named kids. My grandfather tried naming my dad the Bulgarian word for Christ when he was born (during the comunism) but was denied..probably for the best.

VincibleChibz
VincibleChibz

@MichaelDriver Yes, how quaint. "You have freedom of speech, you just can't say speech we don't like!"

Because that's not among the most idiotic things I've read today.

theconstitutionstillmatters
theconstitutionstillmatters

@MichaelDriver Your answer is so hypocritical. Ho is appropriate because it's ethnic? I'm sure everyone will avoid ridicule due the the names ethnicity. Here are your words. 

"I don't believe that naming a child an idiotic name that will make them a target for ridicule, and abuse is the proper exercise of freedom of speech anyway. It's child abuse, plain and simple."



hkhamm
hkhamm

@MichaelDriver @hkhamm Under the guise of protecting the innocent you would have governments invading people's personal lives just so they don't get their feelings hurt. Then, you advocate for a position that would prevent the birth of the very people you claim to want to protect. Your argument is not only authoritarian, but contradictory.

ChristopherJoseph
ChristopherJoseph

@900662652  Because it is not up to selfish stupid uneducated parents to decide for children who have NO CHOICE how they want to be named, so its essential (and maybe by govt intervention) that parents give their children normal names. Normal is subjective... but give your child a regular name and their chances of being successful will increase tenfold. Have you seen the study done where employers were more apt to throw out resumes with names like Laqueesha?  It's not racist really... its realist. 


And FYI, I am a minority person of color. Naming your child a made up name to sound more "ethnic" is ridiculous unless that name truly does exist in Africa or Swahili or whatever. Laqueesha is just an attempt by most of us people of color to reject white slave names but go to the opposite extreme in sounding just plain stupid. 

DianneSchuch
DianneSchuch

@900662652  I know this line of conversation had to start somewhere in this thread, but it is off point.