What does Anal, Messiah, Lucifer and the number 89 have in common?
Parents in New Zealand have tried to give these names to their babies and failed, CNN reports.
The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages recently updated its list of banned names and shared it with the media.
Not only are the name choices odd, but so are the number of times different sets of parents have tried to bestow these unusual names on their children.
Since 2001, the name King has been attempted 32 times, Lucifer 6 times and Duke 10 times. It's a good thing Giuliana Rancic isn’t a Kiwi.
The list of 71 names includes punctuation marks such as a period and asterisk and the use of slashes or brackets.
Since 1995, legislation has provided a set of rules for acceptable names for New Zealanders where "a name, or combination of names, should not cause offence, be unreasonably long or resemble an official title or rank," a spokesperson for New Zealand's department of internal affairs told Sky News.
This explains why the names 2nd, 3rd and 5th have been barred.
In 2008, a 9-year-old girl named “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii” was put under New Zealand family court’s guardianship to change her name since it “makes a fool of the child,” the Guardian reports.
But not all outrageous names have been given the boot. Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence have all been approved.
Germany, Sweden, Japan, Denmark, Iceland, China and Norway also have naming laws.
Here’s the list of New Zeeland’s banned names and the number of occurrences since 2001:
using brackets around middle names:4
using back slash between names:8
C J :1
Roman numerals III:1
. (full stop):1
Mafia No Fear:1
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