Odd Baby Names Banned In New Zealand. So Long Lucifer, Baron And Duke
Earlier this year, an Israeli couple named their child “Like” while an Egyptian father chose the name “Facebook” for his daughter. Uh, okay. Meanwhile, the latest celebrity babies to make their entrance into the world boast unusual names like Arabella (Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner), Kase Townes (Jewel and Ty Murray), Bingham (Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy) and Aleph (Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied). The crazy baby-naming trend has gotten so out of hand that New Zealand began banning these outrageous names back in 2009.
The latest name to be banned by the country’s names registrar? Lucifer. (So far, three parents have made the odd request.) In the past, it has rejected names including Baron, Bishop, Duke, Justice, King and Mr (they were all deemed to similar to official titles), according to the Herald Sun.
The agency hasn’t always been so strict, however. In the past, it approved the names Benson and Hedges for a pair of twins, as well as Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter for boys. And, the Herald Sun reports, one girl named Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii was so traumatized by the name that she legally changed it age nine. (Okay, really, what are these parents smoking?!)
What do you think? Should “creative” names be banned in the U.S., too, or should parents have free reign when it comes to naming their children?