When growing up and going to elementary school, sometimes we will get teased about almost anything that kids can think of. Why would someone deliberately cause added stress to their own child by giving them a name that is utterly absurd? A lot of celebrities have been giving their children strange names for decades, but it doesn’t make it right. Sometimes these names are just too ridiculous to be taken seriously, so the government has had to step in and stand up for these kids (and even some adults) before it’s too late. Just because you can name your child after a pizza, doesn’t mean that you should.
For over 35 years, China has had a policy that families were only allowed to have one child per couple. This was for population control, and it is difficult to understand why parents would give their only child a crazy name. They finally changed that law, so now China allows two kids per couple, but most of the families in China give their children appropriate names. Usually.
10) Burger King – Sonora, Mexico
Even though Sonora is the “second largest state in Mexico,” there aren’t many people that live there. However, the people that do reside in the area seem to have trouble coming up with decent names to give to their children. There were so many people coming up with incredibly ridiculous names, that they actually had to make a list that people cannot name their children. A few names on the list are somewhat normal; such as Cheyenne or Marciana (which happen to both be the names of cities), but Cristina Ramirez, who is the civil registry director in Sonora stepped in. She decided that these names should be banned so children would not be targeted towards bullies in the future as they grow up. She had seen 67 names that were already in the records; such as “Burger King,” and felt that children did not need to grow up with such a dreadful name.
9) Pieandsauce – Australia
If you separate the words in this name, it is Pie And Sauce. Even if you say it really fast, it still sounds the same. Apparently a couple in Australia thought that it would make a great name for their child. This is really a gender-neutral name, one would assume, but it doesn’t really seem like something that you would want to say if you were trying to talk to your kid across the restaurant. Imagine being at a five-star restaurant, with your children standing nearby and you are trying to capture their attention. “Pieandsauce! Please come here. I need you to come over and sit down, Pieandsauce.” After a few strange looks from other customers, the dessert tray just might be brought out of the back room since nobody else would really know what you were talking about.
8) Akuma, or The Devil – Japan
In 1993, parents tried to name their child Akuma. Although it seems fairly harmless, it actually means “the Devil” when translated to English. The Japanese government thought it was way too cruel to name someone after the Prince of Darkness, and was forced to give him a different name. Japan has pretty strict laws when it concerns the business of individuals, so they like to see humans grow up with decent names, as well. There is no reason for one to be called Akuma if they are a good person, and to be referenced as the Devil would just be too easy for those who mean harm.
7) Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii – New Zealand
A little girl lived in New Zealand and went simply by the name, K, until she was eight years old. It was then that her parents were involved in a divorce and little “K” had to show up in a courtroom alongside her parents. This is when the judge found out that her name was actually Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii. Who would do this to their own daughter? She was so mortified that she told her friends to call her K, they didn’t even know her real name. And she wasn’t even from Hawaii! The judge ordered the parents to give her a better name and she was sent to foster care until they were able to give her something better. The name that it was changed to has not been released so that she can live somewhat of a normal life without the embarrassment of her former reputation.
6) Smelly Head, or the Malaysian Version, Chow Tow – Malaysia
Just because you live in Malaysia and you speak the language doesn’t give you the right to name your child after a stinky condition. Or at least that is what the government in the country thought when someone tried to name their child, Chow Tow, which means “Smelly Head.” The Malaysian government is pretty picky when it comes to parents and their ability to give their children proper names. They probably think (and with reason) that some adults just don’t put enough thought into what they are going to call their kids. They have banned multiple names throughout the years; including naming the babies after insects, fruit and vegetables and multiple animals.
5) Nutella – France
In January 2015, a judge found out that parents had named their baby the previous September a name known to many as a delicious sandwich spread. The judge didn’t think that Nutella was a very good name, and called the parents into court, and forced them to rename her Ella. Up until 1993, parents were not allowed to choose their children’s names, and some have gone out of their way to come up with the strangest ones possible. The judge thought that if the girl went through life being named after a spread, then she would be ridiculed and it wouldn’t be a very good life at all for the child.
4) Santa Claus – Ohio, U.S.A.
So if someone wanted to be named Santa Claus, they would have to take on the actual role of the man, right? Well, that is exactly what the judge in Ohio was thinking when a man wanted to officially change his name to Santa Robert Claus, in 2000. He believed that this would confuse all of the children, since this Santa Claus did not live at the North Pole, and he didn’t own any reindeer. It was a bit unfair; however, when a year later another man was allowed to be named Santa Claus by a different judge.
3) They – Missouri, U.S.A.
You would think that living in the United States would give people the freedom to have whatever name they choose. Unfortunately, that is not always the case (or maybe that is fortunate?). A man in Utah wanted to be named They, with no last name. He was denied, but not before arguing the case that he wanted to be who was referred to when people would blame them, or “they.” It would probably get confusing after a while, asking for They if you called, or filling out a job application and trying to explain what your name really is. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.
2) Anus, Monkey and Pluto – Denmark
Denmark is a country that actually has a list of 7000 approved names for parents to choose from. It’s probably a pretty good idea, seeing that there were people who wanted to name their children some pretty ridiculous names such as Anus, Monkey or Pluto. Sometimes couples can go to the courts and try to get approval for other names that are not on the list, but they cannot be as ridiculous as an animal or a body part. Anything like that would definitely be grounds for disproval. What ever happened to simple names, such as Mary or Tom?
1) Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 – Sweden
For some reason these Swedish parents thought they would give their son some randomly-spelled name with (what seems to be) a million letters and numbers, but tell everyone that it is pronounced “Albin.” In 1996, these parents claimed that they did this in rebellion against the government getting involved in naming children. It appears that this would more than likely cause the child issues later in life, rather than causing problems with the government. It doesn’t matter, anyway, the name was denied and the parents had to just name him Albin. Or maybe just Bob, it didn’t really say what they ended up naming him after they were denied the strange name they picked out for him in the beginning.