We’re pretty liberal with our laws on names here in the U.S, but the rest of the world has some pretty strict rules on what you can and cannot call your child. Looking at the list of banned names had us thinking that we could benefit from enforcing tougher naming laws – it certainly would have helped Gwyneth Paltrows daughter, Apple.
1. Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii
Yes, you read that right. A couple from New Zealand attempted to name their first born daughter the above sentence but it was, thankfully, rejected by the New Zealand government.
The officials from Sonora in Mexico recently updated their list of banned baby names and Robocop made the new list, after a number of families attempted to name their children after the Hollywood movie.
Australia recently added the name ‘President’ to their extensive list of no go baby names. Most countries frown upon the use of titles as first names like Mister, King and Lord. Maybe someone should tell this to Kim and Kanye, after they named their baby boy Saint earlier this year.
4. Osama Bin Laden
Shortly after the events of 9/11, a couple in Turkey attempted to name their child after Osama Bin Laden. German officials were quick to decline their request to name the child after the terrorist leader, citing the law that a childs name must not be likely to lead to humiliation.
Surprised? Harriet may sound like a perfectly acceptable name to us but it doesn’t fly in Iceland. Turns out that Harriet doesn’t have an Icelandic translation as they are missing a lot of the letters from the English alphabet.