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Did you know that some countries have strict rules and regulations about naming your baby? Some rules and regulations have been around for decades and some are very new.  A surprising number of countries have baby naming rules and regulations.

Anderson Cooper would not be Anderson Cooper, if he would have been born in Germany. In Germany there are no surnames allowed.  You cannot name your baby after objects or products either.  Names must also be gender specific.  Names like Taylor, Riley, Matti, and Quinn cannot be used.

In Malaysia, all names of fruits, vegetables, and animals are banned as baby names. Nature names are also frowned upon.

Names that begin with C are not usable in Iceland, because their alphabet doesn’t contain a C.  The Icelandic Naming Commission, as of 1991, decides if a given name is acceptable or not.

According to Huffington Post & CNN, acceptable names in New Zealand must not cause offense to a reasonable person, be unreasonably long, and should not resemble an official title or rank such as: Prince, Princess, King, Major, Sargent and Knight. The names nixed most often since 2001 are “Justice” and “King”.

In the United States in 2013 over 4000 baby girls were named Maya.  Saudi Arabia does not allow this name to be given.  Huffington Post also states that Elaine, as well as, Alice, Sandy, Laura, and Linda are specifically tagged in Saudi Arabia, fitting into the category of names that ‘offend perceived religious sensibilities, are affiliated with royalty or are of non-Arabic or non-Islamic origin’, and are not allowed.

In Sweden during 1991, parents tried to name their child ‘Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb- 111163’ (Pronounced Albin).  The name was rejected because of the 1982 naming law.  This law was to prevent non-noble families from giving their children noble names.  After the rejected name, the couple then tried the name “A” (still pronounced Albin), and were rejected again.

Mona Lisa is among the names listed in the forty one page list of banned names in Portugal.  The book states that children’s names must be traditionally Portuguese, a full name, and not unisex. No nicknames are allowed on birth certificates.  For example, Tomás would be ok, but not Tom.

For the most part, Arabic names must be used in Morocco. You will not find Sarah used in Morocco, but you will find Sara.  Sarah, is viewed as the Hebrew version and cannot be used, however, Sara is the Arabic version and is allowed.  Huffington Post states that a fee can be paid to use certain off list-names, such as Adam.

Parents in China tried to use the @ symbol as a name and it was rejected.  Under Chinese naming regulations, numbers, non Chinese symbols, and characters are not allowed.

In Denmark, Pluto And Monkey are among names that are not allowed. Parents must choose from a government-approved list of 7,000 names. A local church has to give permission to go off-list.  Approximately 1,100 names per year are reviewed to which 15%-20% are rejected.  Most are rejected for odd spellings.

Every country has different reasons for their rules and laws.  Check out this link for more interesting details about countries and their naming laws and reasons:

The United States does not have many naming laws or regulations. Each state is responsible for their own. People are naming their children after inanimate objects, places, and even their favorite sports network (16 babies were named ESPN in 2014). With very few, if any, limitations, it is interesting to watch how baby names trend.  Check out the Top 10  Baby Names for 2014.

Top 10 Baby Names for 2014

Baby Names

Rank Male name Female name
1 Noah Emma
2 Liam Olivia
3 Mason Sophia
4 Jacob Isabella
5 William Ava
6 Ethan Mia
7 Michael Emily
8 Alexander Abigail
9 James Madison
10 Daniel Charlotte
The Social Security Administration ranks the top 5 male and top 5 female names every year.  Over the past 10 years, 9 girl names and 12 boy names make up all of those names.  Girls names include:  Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Emily, Madison, Abigail, & Hannah.  Boy names include:  Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Jayden, Michael, Alexander, Joshua, Daniel, & Matthew. Even more years are available at the following link::


According to Mooseroots, if you are looking for a unique baby name, you might want to look abroad.  They gathered data from 15 countries outside of the USA and looked for baby names that boasted a high popularity ranking in those countries and a low ranking in the USA.  Below are the results counting down from #30 to #1 by gender and the country they are most popular in.

Boys:                                                               Girls:

30) Tai – Slovenia                                                                          30) Gaia – Switzerland

29) Levin – Switzerland                                                                 29) Mari – Norway

28) Nicolai –  Denmark, Norway                                                   28) Marta – Spain, Iceland, Italy

27) Niall – Ireland                                                                         27) Giulia – Italy, Switzerland, Belgium

26) Matheo –  Norway, Sweden                                                   26) Ines – Spain, Belgium, Sweden

25) Eoin –  Ireland                                                                        25) Naia – Spain

24) Marius –  Denmark, Norway                                                   24) Isobel – New Zealand, Ireland, UK

23) Storm –  Denmark, Norway                                                    23) Cloe – Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland

22) Viggo – Sweden                                                                     22) Indie – New Zealand

21) Aziz – Turkey                                                                         21) Estela – Spain

20) Theodor – Norway, Sweden, Denmark                                 20) Lottie – UK, Ireland

19) Tarik – Slovenia                                                                    19) Izabela – Slovenia

18) Evren – Turkey                                                                     18) Anissa – Belgium

17) Kasper – Norway, Denmark, Sweden                                  17) Iva – Slovenia

16) Regan – New Zealand                                                         16) Gema – Spain

15) Naim – Spain                                                                       15) Elif – Belgium

14) Noa – Belgium, Sweden                                                      14) Nour – Belgium

13) Alessio – Italy, Belgium                                                        13) Pia – Slovenia

12) Mathis – Belgium, Switzerland                                             12) Milla – Norway, Sweden, Belgium

11) Iver – Norway                                                                       11) Neve – Scotland, UK

10) Calum – Scotland, Ireland                                                   10) Rocio – Spain

9) Emile – Belgium                                                                      9) Nika – Slovenia

8) Zak – Scotland, Britain                                                            8) Mona – Belgium, Norway, Ireland

7) Tiernan – Ireland                                                                     7) Aleyna – Turkey

6) Lex – Belgium                                                                         6) Aoife – Ireland, Scotland

5) Jules – Belgium, Switzerland                                                  5) Romy – Belgium

4) Deniz – Turkey                                                                        4) Tilly – UK, Ireland, Sweden

3) Shay – Ireland, Scotland                                                         3) Esmae – UK

2) Vito – Slovinia                                                                         2) Iona – Scotland

1) Murray – Scotland                                                                  1) Margaux – Belgium

Check out these links to find out more about the pronunciation, history, ranking, and



Mooseroots compiled a list of the top 20 Biblical names used in 2014.  Below are the top 10 names and their biblical signifigance:
 1)  Noah – saved from the great flood
 2)  Jacob – father of 12 sons who gave their names to the 12 tribes of Israel
 3)  Abigail – means “father of exaltation”, one of King David’s wives
 4)  James – son of Zebedee and the son of Alphaeus, two of Christ’s disciples.
 5)  Elijah – means “Yahweh is God” in Hebrew, an Israelite prophet found in the First and Second Book of Kings
 6)  Benjamin – youngest of Jacob’s 12 sons, means “son of the right hand” or “son of the south” in Hebrew
 7)  Elizabeth – “my God has sworn” in Hebrew, mother of John the Baptist, wife of Zachariah, and cousin of Mary
 8)  Matthew – “gift of God” in Hebrew,  “Matthew” is the author of the first gospel in the New Testament
 9)  Chloe – woman referenced in Corinthians in the New Testament
10)  Lucas – This longer version of the name “Luke”, author of the third gospel in the New Testament
To see the rest of the list, go to

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What about top baby names that mean Happy or Joyful?  Here are a few:  Asher, Letizia, Felix, Joy, Aliza, Noam, Winfred, Winston,  & Hilary.  There are many more too.

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This blog could go on and on about baby names, their meanings, ideas, and options. Naming your baby is special.  Relax & enjoy picking the name out.  If you are looking for ideas, there are plenty of links on the internet to give you millions of options!
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