What’s in a name? Turns out that some names are better than others- some are actually banned. What process is right for naming others, is there one that is more acceptable? Maybe it would be better if we were all allowed to choose our own names-If you think about it, your name is not really yours- it was chosen by someone else, they have complete control. How’s that for not having agency?
Unique baby names may be all the rage with celebrities, but some parents in New Zealand get so creative with naming their kids that the government has to step in.
The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages shared its updated list of banned baby names with CNN on Wednesday.
Kiwi parents have to submit baby names to the government for approval before they can officially name their child. Names “must not cause offense to a reasonable person, not be unreasonably long and should not resemble an official title and rank.”
The names most frequently submitted (and shot down) since 2001 reveal a fondness for status. At the top of the list is the judge-imitating “Justice.” The next most popular, befitting New Zealand’s commonwealth status, have a regal theme: “King,” “Princess,” “Prince” and “Royal.”
New Zealand’s banned list grows each year as parents begin to get creative, some even trying…
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