A UK judge has stepped in to advocate for a child whose mother wanted to give her daughter a super-unusual name… and we’re so glad she did!
Keep out of reach of children
The name in question? Cyanide. Shudder.
The unfortunately misguided mum from Wales chose the name for one of her twins, reasoning that it was a ‘lovely, pretty name’ with positive connotations – considering it ended the lives of Hitler and Goebbels. Huh? (In case you were wondering, the other twin was to be called Preacher.)
Concerned Powys County Council social workers took the mother to the British Appeal Court, as a temporary injunction ensured that the babies could not be named Preacher and Cyanide until the case was heard.
The mother in question had some mental health issues, and the social workers hoped that by stepping in and advocating for the babies, they could prevent the tots being shackled with inappropriate titles for the rest of their lives.
Luckily for these babies, Justice Eleanor King was on the case. She ruled that Cyanide was neither lovely nor pretty, despite this mum’s insistence. Further, she said the name could cause emotional harm to the little girl down the track and ruled it a total no-go by law.
“It is hard to see how … the twin girl could regard being named after this deadly poison as [anything but]… a complete rejection of her by her birth mother,” Justice King said, Huffington Post reports.
“This is one of those rare cases where the court should intervene to protect the girl twin from emotional harm,” said King.
While the judge noted that the name “Preacher” wasn’t as fraught, she ruled that the twins be renamed by their half-siblings, with something more appropriate.
Letter of the law
It’s lucky the law is on babies side when it comes to nonsensical names. In the UK there are surprisingly a few no-nos surrounding what parents can name their offspring.
The General Register Office says a name which could be deemed offensive may result in an official refusing to register it. This loose restriction obviously assumes that most parents are capable of choosing thoughtfully and have their child’s best interests at heart.
As this story proves, this may not always be the case!