New Zealand’s List of Banned Baby Names: Lucifer and Anal and III, Oh My!

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When people bestow their kids with weird names here in the States, we celebrate them with coverage in the tabloids.  In New Zealand, however, the government has been known to reject strange monikers– and their Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages just released an updated list of 77 unacceptable baby names, perhaps to discourage new parents from picking ones that, well, might haunt their children for life. The name Justice was rejected the most — a whopping 62 times, CNN reports.

Middle names likely included IsServed and OfthePeace.

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“You tried to call me WHAT?!”

Royal titles — such as Duke and Majesty, and even the term Royal — were also high up on the list. Roman numerals, like III, are also taboo. One baby was almost called 89. Eight parents wanted to insert backslashes into their children’s first names, while four wanted to put brackets around their middle names. Not to mention that the government has already rejected Lucifer at least SIX TIMES.  So I’m guessing they didn’t exactly have the most pleasant pregnancies.

Just imagine how the government of New Zealand would react to the strange names celebrities give their children — or the seven that Uma Thurman gave her daughter.

Other names that have been rejected since 2001 include:

Royal, Duke, Major, Bishop, Majesty, J, Lucifer, Knight, Lady, Judge, Royale, Messiah, T, I, Queen, II, Sir, III, Jr, E, V, Justus, Master, Constable, Queen Victoria, Regal, Emperor, Christ, Juztice, 3rd, C J, G, Roman numerals III, General, Saint, Lord, . [full stop], 89, Eminence, M, VI, Mafia No Fear, 2nd, Majesti, Rogue, 4real, * [star symbol], 5th, S P, C, Sargent, Honour, D, Minister, MJ, Chief, Mr, V8, President, MC, Anal (YES, THAT’S RIGHT — ANAL!), A.J., Baron, L B, H-Q and Queen V.

So, basically, every baby name on Kim and Kanye’s list.

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3 Comments

  1. Newb

    May 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

    A.J. ? Really? That’s a bit harsh, dodntcha think? Hardly as offensive as the others.

    • Candy

      May 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

      I guess it depends on what “A.J.” stands for. (It follows “Anal” on the list, so my mind is going to dark places.)

      • Newb

        May 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        Literally dark!

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