In the United States, a parent can name their child nearly anything. Celebrities are professionals at picking unique baby names. Take Michael Jackson for instance. Jackson announced the birth of his baby girl which shocked the nation. What was even more shocking was her name; Blanket. Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple also has a unique and funky name that will surely catch on in the New Year with the boom in technology.
In other countries, these names might not fly with the natives or the government. Here’s why:
In 1982, Sweden enacted a Naming law originally created to prevent non-noble families of naming their children noble names. There have been a few changes since: “First names shall not be approved if they can cause offence or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name.”
Talk about conformity. In Denmark, parents must choose from a list of 7,000 pre-approved names that will suit boys and girls. If a fancied name is not within the list, the parents must go to their local church and ask for permission. The name is then reviewed by government officials. Creative spellings of common names are often rejected!
Germany makes you pay for a name that needs to be reviewed and accepted by the government. Keep in mind the names that people would like to argue for are often very unique and uncommon, such as words, brand names, etc. Each time a parent submits a name, they pay a fee.
Names that have been rejected across the globe: “@,” Monkey, Metallica, Ikea, Elvis, Superman, Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb111163, Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Violence, Anus