Banned baby names across the world – from Santa Clause to Prince William

Deciding on what to name your child is a big decision for any parent, but some people take naming conventions to a whole new level, which has resulted in certain names being banned.

Different counties have different naming rules for what is allowed when it comes to baby names. However, in America, Britain and certain Western countries, parents can name their children whatever they want as long as the name is not fraudulent, contains numbers, is a misleading title, is impossible to pronounce or is very offensive.

US Birth Certificate has stated: “While the United States of America has somewhat lax naming laws, there are still some names that you aren’t allowed to use for a child. While these differ from state to state, having a numeral in your name is mostly not allowed.”

There have been parents who have tried to name their children some very bizarre names in the past, such as in 2016 when one mother from Wales was banned from naming her daughter Cyanide, after the poison which killed Adolf Hitler.

There are very few forbidden baby names in the UK, but according to MomJunction the five which have been outlawed are Martian, Rogue, Monkey, Chow Tow (meaning ‘Smelling Head) and Akuma (which means devil).

In America, naming laws vary from state to state but specific names which are not allowed include:

  • King
  • Queen
  • Jesus Christ
  • Santa Claus
  • Majesty
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Messiah
  • III (Roman numerals)
  • @
  • 1069

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Around the world, there are many different banned baby names which you cannot call your baby.

New Zealand has a growing list of banned names since 2001 of strange names parents have tried to get away with, such as Chief Maximus and Sex Fruit as well as Justice, Lucifer, Royal and Messiah.

In Sweden, the country has banned the attempts to name children Superman, Metallica and the impossible-to-pronounce ‘Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116.’

In 2015, a French couple was banned from attempting to name their son Prince William after prosecutors ruled it could lead to a “lifetime of mockery” for the child.

However, some adults have been able to successfully petition to be given a bizarre new name. In 2008, a judge in America ruled that a school bus driver from Illinois could change his first name to In God and change his last name to We Trust.

Other names which are banned across the world are:

  • Robocop (Mexico)
  • Linda (Saudi Arabia)
  • Snake (Malaysia)
  • Friday (Italy)
  • Islam (China)
  • Sarah (Morocco)
  • Osama bin Laden (Germany)
  • Devil (Japan)
  • Blue (Italy)
  • Circumcision (Mexico)
  • Quran (China)
  • Harriet (Iceland)
  • Cyanide (United Kingdom)
  • Monkey (Denmark)
  • Thor (Portugal)
  • 007 (Malaysia)
  • Griezmann Mbappe (France)
  • Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii (New Zealand)
  • Bridge (Norway)
  • Nutella (France)
  • Wolf (Spain)
  • Tom (Portugal)
  • Camilla (Iceland)
  • Judas (Switzerland)
  • Duke (Australia)
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