- Odd News
Sorry, New Zealand parents, but the government has spoken: You cannot name your child "Mafia No Fear."
The country's Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has released an updated list of rejected baby names, and you may be surprised what names parents have attempted to bestow upon their newborns.
Six sets of parents have tried — and failed — to legally name their child "Lucifer" during the past 12 years, CNN reported. Other thankfully banned names include "Anal" and "4real." Punctuation marks such as “.” (full stop) and “*” (star symbol) were also overruled, as were names using slashes and brackets.
The agency does not allow names resembling an official title or rank, so you won't find any children legally called "King," "Princess," "Majesty" or "Knight."
"Justice" is the most popular banned name, having been rejected 62 times since 2001. Two sets of parents tried their luck with "Justus" and one with "Juztice,” but those were also shot down.
However, some peculiar names have been approved, including “Midnight Chardonnay,” “Violence” and “Number 16 Bus Shelter.”
In 2008, a 9-year-old New Zealand girl named "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii" was made a ward of the court so that her name could be changed.
Sweden is another country known for its naming laws. In the ’90s, a couple famously tried to name their child "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116" (pronounced "Albin," of course), but it was rejected.
Here is a list of New Zealand’s banned names and how many times they have come up since 2001.
Using brackets around middle names: 4
Using back slashes between names: 8
Names that have come up once:
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, A.J., Baron, L B, H-Q and Queen V.