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.)
C J :1
Roman numerals III:1
. (full stop):1
Mafia No Fear:1
* (star symbol):1