You Can’t Name Your Baby That! The Latest Banned Baby Name List From New Zealand

New Zealand has a pretty sane set of rules for the baby names they allow. It can’t be something someone would consider a title (so sorry, no Princes or Princesses if you’re from New Zealand), cause offense (no Anal or Mafia No Fear), or be unreasonably long (no, you can’t name your child Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii—and a kid was actually taken away from her parents after they attempted to name her that). Of course, there are some odd names that did make the cut. Like Violence or Number 16 Bus Shelter. (Seriously, who names their kids that?)

CNN published the list of every name they’d rejected over the past 12 years, along with the number of times someone has attempted the name. The interesting thing is that some of the names, like Duke and Messiah, are actually starting to become more popular here in the U.S.

Would you pick any of these names for your baby? And do you think any of these should be banned worldwide? (I’m thinking 4Real, Anal and any form of punctuation, i.e. *, ., or # deserve a universal ban.)

Justice:62

King:31

Princess:28

Prince:27

Royal:25

Duke:10

Major:9

Bishop:9

Majesty:7

J:6

Lucifer:6

Knight:4

Lady:3

Judge:3

Royale:2

Messiah:2

T:2

I:2

Queen:2

II:2

Sir:2

III:2

Jr:2

E:2

V:2

Justus:2

Master:2

Constable:1

Queen Victoria:1

Regal:1

Emperor:1

Christ:1

Juztice:1

3rd:1

C J :1

G:1

Roman numerals III:1

General:1

Saint:1

Lord:1

. (full stop):1

89:1

Eminence:1

M:1

VI:1

Mafia No Fear:1

2nd:1

Majesti:1

Rogue:1

4real:1

* (star symbol):1

5th:1

S P:1

C:1

Sargent:1

Honour:1

D:1

Minister:1

MJ:1

Chief:1

Mr:1

V8:1

President:1

MC:1

Anal:1

A.J:1

Baron:1

L B:1

H-Q:1

Queen V:1

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  1. by Marissa

    On May 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Our son is named Royal, it’s a family name (we’re in the USA). My husband is the seventh and our son is the eighth!

  2. by Brook

    On May 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve worked with a handful of boys named Justice or another spelling of the name.

  3. by Antoinette

    On May 4, 2013 at 2:15 am

    For the record, they didn’t try to name her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii. They DID name her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii then when you was a pre teen she got a judge to grant her guardianship of herself or whatever for a day to legally change it to something else then was returned to her parents stewardship.

  4. by Stephanie.

    On May 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I don’t see anything wrong with the name Baron..Or Bishop.