One of the hardest decisions an expectant parent will ever make is picking the perfect name for their child.
Picking a name is hard because you don’t want your child to share the same name as five other people in their class, but you also don’t want to name them something so strange they get picked on.
I mean, I remember a girl being picked on because her name rhymed with ‘Icky’.
Children can be cruel at times.
But you wouldn’t expect the name you picked for your child to be banned in another country.
Can you imagine visiting France only to learn you couldn’t call your son Harry?
Check out our weird list of baby names that are actually banned in other countries!
In the United States we have a lot of freedom when it comes to picking the perfect names for our children.
Thanks to the 14th amendment and the due process clause, if we decide to name our child after a piece of fruit, we have every right to!
But some states in America don’t allow you to pick names that are over a certain number of letters due to computer systems.
Names have to be of the 26 letters in the alphabet and can’t contain symbols or numbers.
But in Kentucky, there is not a single law or rule about names and therefore you can literally name your child whatever you want.
Denmark actually has a pretty strict policy when it comes to picking a name for your child.
The Law on Personal Names has the same aim of laws in other countries—they hope to limit any harm done to the child by not allowing their parents to come up with something that could damage the child through bullying or prejudice.
Denmark a list of names parents can choose from, a list of 7,000 names in fact! These names are gender specific and cannot be a last name of the child.
But if you have a name you’d like to call your child that’s not on the list, you have to get permission from local government authorities as well as the church.
Around 1,100 new names submitted each year and 15-20 percent of those get rejected.
Iceland has a unique tradition of naming the child after their father’s first name.
For example, if the father is Robert, then the son would be Robertson.
The name must only consist of Icelandic letters and nothing from other countries.
If you want to name your child something different then you have to submit any new names to the Icelandic Naming Committee and pay a fee. Otherwise you’ll have to go off of the national register of persons which uses already established names
In China, the child’s name has to be compatible and recognized by their computer scanning system. This way the child’s information can be put into the database and given a national identification card.
The government also recommends that parents stay away from anything difficult.
While there is more freedom for parents in choosing the name, they are not allowed to use symbols or numbers.
Germany has a history that they don’t want to talk about or bring back into conversation.
So they have created a couple rules when it comes to naming a baby within that country.
The child’s name must be gender-specific, and they can’t have a name that could impact their well-being.
Their name can’t be a last name and it can’t be the name of an object or product.
Germany takes the naming process so seriously there is even an office of vital statistics that investigate the name with an actual book called the Standesamt. This means that a name has to be passed by them in order for it to be used!
In Sweden they implemented a law so parents couldn’t name their child after a member of the royal family if they weren’t royalty themselves.
Like in Germany, Swedish parents can’t name a child something that could induce bullying.
And if the parent picks a new name or a lesser-known one, you have to submit the name to a tax agency which will then decide if it is allowed or not.
One unique thing about Sweden’s naming system is that once you are given a name you have the right to change it but you must always keep at least one original first name.
This means that if your name is Steve and you want to change it to Adam, your new name would be Adam Steve.
In Norway your not allowed to use a traditional last name for a first name unless you are from a country where there is no clear distinction between the first and last name.
They also don’t allow you to change your name more than once every 10 years.
Though you do have some choice when it comes to surnames. You are allowed to change your surname to any name that has over 200 other people with the same surname.
But if there are not 200 people with that surname then you have to ask for permission to use it.
The Balinese people are considered to be some of the most genuine people on the planet.
Their culture tries to not get stressed out by things like this so they can spend more time enjoying life.
Most Balinese are Hindus and Buddhists, and they use Sanskrit as their official language.
They even use a unique tradition of naming their children by using a cycle of four names which the parents choose from oldest to youngest.
The first-born is Wayan or Putu, the second is Made or Kadek, the third is Nyoman, and the fourth is Ketut.
This is a cultural thing that goes back to at least 1000 CE.
Indonesian and Balinese culture don’t use family names either.
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