Do you have a rather common name? One that you hear everywhere? Well you should be grateful! Some parents have been going a little overboard on trying to give their child a unique name, which had led to New Zealand government ‘banning’ some of the chosen names.
Internal affairs rejected over 60 names last year which were deemed offensive or too bizarre. Amongst the names rejected was “Special Constable”, “Mr”, “Lucifer”, “Queen”, “Bishop”, “Major” “Royal-Rule”, “3rd” and 5 sets of parents were also stopped from naming their child “/”.
The department has also announced its new rules which will not allow families to name children anything that held ‘title or rank’ banning “Princess”, “Prince”, “Duke”, and “Majesty” and will also refuse any name containing a swear word or a name with religious connection such as “Christ”.
Numbers and symbols that cannot be pronounced will also be rejected along with names containing more than 99 letters.
What do you think? Should parents have the right to name their kids whatever they want or do you agree that certain names should be rejected for the sake of the child?