Having A Baby This Year? Then Steer Clear Of These Illegal Baby Names!

They are so confusing!

6 January 2018

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If you're expecting a baby right now, you're probably racking your brain about what you plan on calling the new addition to your family.

Some people pick traditional names for their children, others pick something a little more untraditional, but one thing you should never do is give your child a name that is illegal in your country.


Surprisingly, there are quite a few baby names that a banned around the world including Saint, which is actually a name banned in New Zealand so poor old Saint West wouldn't have his unique name if he was born there.

Below is a list of a few more baby names banned around the world, so try and avoid them if at all possible:


So, Beyoncé named one of her twins Sir Carter, but she probably didn't know that the name Sir is actually banned in New Zealand, so luckily, she didn't have the baby whilst on a ski trip in Queenstown...

Tallulah Did The Hula From Hawaii

If you think this sounds strange, you're not wrong! A couple in New Zealand actually named their child this entire sentence and it stayed that way until she was 8 years old! At that point, a family judge had to step in and in 2008, her name was legally changed.


In Sweden, there's a strict law about names because a lot of people have tried to name their children some pretty crazy things, like Superman

Mona Lisa

Thinking about naming your daughter after the most famous painting in the world? Well, you can't do that in Portugal! Mona Lisa is included in a list of over 2000 baby names that are banned in the country but anywhere else, it's apparently okay!


In France, this name is banned not because of it's meaning but because of the accent above the n (which is called a tilde). Tildes aren't recognised in the French language so the name isn't allowed.


Here's an Aussie one for you! In our lovely country, it is illegal to name your children after any sort of leadership position, so that means Duke, Prince and King are also off the table.


In Italy, a couple wanted to use this name for their newborn baby but was told by the court that the name wasn't appropriate because it's English translation is actually Friday. the couple then threatened to change it to Mercoledi, but that was denied too because, in English, it means Wednesday.


Harriet is one of the most popular baby names in the world, but you won't find anyone born in Iceland with it! The country's Naming Committee banned the name in 1991 because there's no Icelandic equivalent.

What's the strangest baby name you've come across?

Let us know in the comments!


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