Friday: A good name for a boy?
December 18, 2007 4:26pm CST
This story came from Yahoo News. I do tend to agree that people ought sometimes to think before naming a child with an unusual (or even, perhaps, offensive) name but, in this case, I see nothing wrong. It seems that there wasn't even a law about it - only an 'administrative norm'. In any case, it should not be the place of a town's officials to tell people what to name their children! Or should it? What do you think? -------------------------------------------------------- ROME (Reuters) - An Italian court has ruled that a couple could not name their son "Friday" and ordered that he instead be called Gregory after the saint whose feast day he was born on. "I think it is ridiculous they even opened a case about it," the family's lawyer, Paola Rossi, told Reuters by telephone from the northern city of Genoa on Tuesday. Friday/Gregory Germano was born in Genoa 15 months ago. The parents registered him as Friday in the city hall and a priest even baptised him as Friday -- unusual in Italy since many priests insist that first names be of Christian origin. "We named him Friday because we like the sound of the name. Even if it would have been a girl, we would have named her Friday," the boy's mother, Mara Germano, told Reuters. When the boy was about five months old, a city hall clerk brought the odd name to the attention of a tribunal, which informed the couple of an administrative norm which bars parents from giving "ridiculous or shameful" first names to children. The tribunal said it was protecting the child from being the butt of jokes and added that it believed the name would hinder him from developing "serene interpersonal relationships". The Germano family appealed but lost their case this month and the story was carried on the front page of a national newspaper on Tuesday. When ordered to change the name, the parents refused and the court ruled the boy would be legally registered as Gregory because he was born on that saint's feast day. "I really doubt this would have happened to the child of parents who are rich and famous," the boy's mother told Reuters, recalling that some famous Italians had given their children unorthodox names such as "Ocean" or "Chanel". The appeals court ruled against Friday because it recalled the servile savage in Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe and because superstitious Italians consider Friday an unlucky day. "I am livid about this," the boy's mother said. "A court should not waste its time with things like this when there is so much more to worry about." "My son was born Friday, baptised Friday, will call himself Friday, we will call him Friday but when he gets older he will have to sign his name Gregory," she said. -----------------------------------
• Etowah, Tennessee
19 Dec 07
How awful! I knew a girl named Duphues. If a parent can get away with naming a girl Duphues, I think Friday would be a non-issue! I think parents should be able to name a child what ever they want to name them. I knew a lady with a grandson born July 7th, at 7:07 and the mother was in labor for 7 hours. He was also the seventh grandchild and the seventh child born in the hospital that day (or that week I forget.) Of course they named him Seven! They agreed there was NO WAY they could have named him any thing else!
• United States
19 Dec 07
Wow thats crazy. i can't believe they made such a big deal about it. I knew a baby named edge once. i think its the parents right to name their child whatever they want. although i do think parents should put some thought into it.
19 Dec 07
Abosulety ridiculous! I can't believe the pettyness of the court. The Mother's right though, if she'd have called him 'Apple' or 'Peaches' or 'Paris' that would have been fine. Calling him Wednesday would have been a little bit mean (obviously I'm referring to 'The Addams Family')
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