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: http://mentalfloss.com/article/25034/8-countries-fascinating-baby-naming-laws
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
|Rank||Male name||Female name|
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
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