Refused names

January 14th, 2013 at 8:25 am by David Farrar

Tom Hunt at Stuff reports:

Of the 285 names rejected between July 2001 and September last year, “Justice” was by far the most refused baby name.

Sixty people, or 63 if you include Juztice and Justus (2), have tried and failed to name their babies as if they were a High Court judge.

Eleven of these were in the past 18 months.

Also topping the list are other names easily confused with titles, such as 29 Kings, 27 Princesses, 26 Princes, nine Majors, nine Dukes, and eight Bishops.

Twenty-one parents tried and failed to name their bundle of joy Royal.

285 refused names over 11 years is around 25 a year or one a fortnight. Not too bad.

But the law said names could be no more than 100 letters long, none could be offensive to a reasonable person, and each name had to abide by the dictionary definition of a name – that it was a word or a group of words.

I don’t see the 100 letters specified in law. The Act says:

For the purposes of this section, it is undesirable in the public interest for a person to bear a name or combination of names if, and only if,—

  • (a)it might cause offence to a reasonable person; or

  • (b)it is unreasonably long; or

  • (c)without adequate justification, it is, includes, or resembles, an official title or rank.

In terms of (a):

“Sometimes it is pretty simple. ‘Anal’, for example, for most people, is quite offensive.”

Did a parent really try to name their kid “Anal”? Surely not. I’d say that should be a mandatory CYFS notification!

Mr McPherson said he was aware of instances where people tried to register names with more than 100 letters, but then reduced them to fit in with legislation, meaning there were some New Zealanders with 99-letter names.

Poor bastards.

Iceland Nanny State

January 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Call her the girl with no name.

A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means “light breeze” in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

Like a handful of other countries, including Germany and Denmark, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named.

In a country comfortable with a firm state role, most people don’t question the Personal Names Register, a list of 1,712 male names and 1,853 female names that fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules and that officials maintain will protect children from embarrassment.

Parents can take from the list or apply to a special committee that has the power to say yea or nay.

How ridiculous. An approved list of names and a special committee that can decide on exceptions.

I’m not against the state having a power to refuse very offensive names that would harm a child, such as if someone tried to call their child “fuck me” or “bitch”. But the default position should be any name at all is allowed, unless judged harmful. Having a list of “approved” names is just bureaucratic nonsense.

On his thirtieth birthday, he bought a full-page advertisement that read, “From February 1, 2006, I hereby change my name to Curver Thoroddsen. I ask the nation, my friends and colleagues to respect my decision.”

“I can understand a clause to protect children from being named something like ‘Dog poo,’ but it is strange that an adult cannot change his name to what he truly wants,” he said.


Talking of names, DIA has the list of most popular names in 2012. Olivia and Jack No 1. Noah was No 10!

Bad kids names

January 6th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Most-denied names (July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2011)

Justice – 49

Princess – 24

King – 21

Prince – 20

Royal – 12

Duke – 7

Bishop – 7

Major – 6

J – 6

Lucifer – 6

I think any parent who tries to name their new born Lucifer, should be automatically referred to CYFS.

Damien most feared name

September 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Damien was actually my nickname amongst some of my friends at school.

Reuters reports on the ten most feared names:

1) Damien
2) Myra
3) Carrie
4) Rosemary
5) Judas
6) Adolf
7) Pandora
8) Regan
9) Samara
10) Boris

Myra is obviously about serial killer Myra Hindley. Carrie from the film of the same name and Rosemary from Rosemary’s Baby.

Judas needs no explanation, neother does Adolf or Pandora I would hope.

Regan stumped me for a second but that is the name of the character played by Linda Blair in the Exorcist. I rate the Exorcist as the most scary movie I’ve seen.

Samara is from the Ring, and Boris I presume is a reference to Boris Karloff not Boris Johnson!