In Name Only

Baby Name Too "Diabolical?"

A French couple is appearing in court on December 15 to fight to keep their child named Daemon (Damon in English). The name was inspired by Ian Somerhalder's character in the TV show Vampire Diaries. 

In France, there's a code that states, "when a name, or a combination of names, is considered contrary to the interests of the child, the civic officer shall promptly notify the prosecutor, who may refer the matter to the Family Court." And Daemon, apparently, is one name that crosses this boundary. (Authorities have called it "too supernatural" and "diabolical.")

My first reaction to this story is one of slight superiority -- after all, we Americans don't censor baby names -- but my next is a little less cocky. After all, it's this freedom that's given us babies with names like Adolf Hitler and JoyceLynn Aryan Nation.

What do you think? Should there be an arbiter of baby names? And where would you draw the line on acceptable versus totally inappropriate?

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