Name nope: Baby naming laws from around the globe

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In many countries, kids are protected from the outlandish names their parents choose, but in others (hello USA) it’s pretty much free rein and you may literally (and regrettably) run into a child called “Adolf Hitler” – despite the authorities’ best efforts.

Here’s the skinny on how the world names – and doesn’t name – their littlies.


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In Australia, registrars from the government's Births, Deaths and Marriages agency can refuse to register a baby name if they deem it obscene, offensive or contrary to public interest.

There are also bans on certain names that are also titles and names that are a phrase (think "Save Mother Earth") in some states.

Names like King, Lady, Prince and Satan are just a few on the no-go list.


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