Inside the names banned around the world

When it comes to naming their baby, some parents have some pretty outlandish ideas.

But sometimes they’re seen as so horrible, culturally inappropriate, or offensive that they’re simply not allowed.

Turns out some countries don't care much for certain names


Turns out some countries don’t care much for certain names

Here we analyze some banned names in the world that will leave you speechless.


A group of parents in France apparently love the famous chocolate so much that they tried to name it for their daughter.

Thankfully, a judge ruled against the name – claiming it would make her a “target of mockery” – and the pair decided on the much more sensible choice of Ella.

Prince William

Similar to the Nutella affair, a host of other French parents were banned from calling their son Prince William because authorities believed it would lead to lifelong ridicule.

There's only room for one Prince William in the world


There’s only room for one Prince William in the world


You can skip naming your baby after a season — but as it turns out, a weekday doesn’t cut it out.

When a group of hopeful Italian parents tried to call their child “Friday”, the government ruled that the moniker was rejected and labeled it “ridiculous and shameful”.


Unsurprisingly, another set of parents’ dreams of naming their daughter III were quickly debunked by New Zealand authorities.

Insisting that they wanted to name their daughter “Three,” the parents were told that Roman numerals were strictly forbidden with any nicknames.


Unfortunately, a mother in Wales thought a deadly chemical was the way to go and wanted to name her daughter after the substance that killed Hitler.

Incidentally, the name of the notorious German dictator is also a banned name in New Zealand.

Tahlula the Hula hula from Hawaii

One poor New Zealander was named “Talula does the hula from Hawaii” and complained about her name during a family trial.

It was deemed so terrible that her parents even lost custody of her because the judge was “so deeply concerned with the very poor sentence.”

The girl was taken to the ward by the court in 2008, so she can legally change her name.


Easily the longest on the list – many would agree that it would be a nightmare to spell out the people you’ll ever meet for the rest of your life.

Believed to be pronounced “Albin”, parents in Sweden chose the unusual nickname after they were fined for not naming their son before his fifth birthday.

However, it is far from longest name in the worlda whopping 1,019 letters.


Stick with Sweden and it turns out you can’t be called Ikea in Australia unless you’re a Scandinavian furniture store.

Unsurprisingly, Sweden also doesn’t allow you to name your children after companies – and that ruling is in effect today.

Meanwhile, another Australian couple faced backlash after their attempt to call a poor child at Bus Shelter 16 was also stopped.

Turns out IKEA is trademarked - who knows?


Turns out IKEA is trademarked – who knows?


The Mexican state of Sonora used to have a tendency for parents to give their children silly names and had to pass a law banning names that were “offensive, contemptuous, discriminatory or lacking in meaning”.

First on the list of banned nicknames is Facebook.


Coming in second on Mexico’s red list is Robocop – the movie that probably rose to fame after the 1987 sci-fi hit.

The government has rejected these two names, along with several others, because they could lead to a child being bullied.

However, if we’ve learned anything, you’d be a brave man to mess with Robocop.

A few sci-fi fans named their kids after the robot fighting crime


Some sci-fi fans have named their children after the robot fighting crime


It’s not an outlandish name, but in Portugal the government keeps an 80-page guide to what baby names are allowed and which are forbidden.

Aiden, Ashley, Bruce, Charlotte, Dylan and Jenny are all banned because foreign names are not allowed for Portuguese babies.

Parents are also required to give their child their full name – no nicknames or initials.

This means that you can call a child Thomas (Tomás) but not Tom.


The name sounds pretty good on its own.

But Japanese parents are the subject of government intervention when they try to name their children as it literally translates to “Demon”.

At the time, the Prime Minister’s cabinet issued a statement instructing parents against the name.


Considering how we all go about our “@” handling of social media, it’s no surprise that two Chinese parents tried to cut out the man in the middle and use the symbol for their son’s name.

Although they claim the symbol is pronounced “ai-ta” to mean “love him”, authorities have rejected the bonkers’ suggestion.

I’m named after a day of the week and people think it’s weird – but I’m fine with it Inside the names banned around the world

Fry Electronics Team

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