Banning baby names?

@seamonkey (1981)
Ireland
March 4, 2007 12:42pm CST
In some European countries, you can only name your newborn a name that is on a pre-approved official list. If they name you like isn't on the list, it isn't going on the birth certificate. In some countries,such as Germany, the name must also obvious as to what gender its bearer is. In the US in 2006, the top 10 girl baby names were (in order): Emma, Madison, Ava, Emily, Isabella, Kaitlyn, Sophia, Olivia, Abigail, Hailey. The top ten for boys were, in order: Aiden, Jacob, Ethan, Ryan,Mathew, Jack, Noah, Nicolas, Joshua and Logan. Are there any of these names, or any other popular names you would like to see BANNED? I'd love to get rid of 'Brittny'.
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@Artsimba (1335)
• United States
4 Mar 07
That is one of the craziest things I've ever heard. I'm glad I was born and raised in the good old U.S.A. where we have freedom to choose.
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
4 Mar 07
My sons were born in the good old US and the younget's dad wanted to name him Sage. My older one also had the name Cranberry thrown out there for him. Bahaha! No way does anybody need that much freedom of choice!
@Artsimba (1335)
• United States
4 Mar 07
After thinking about your response I can understand what you mean about names that people make up, (I mean Sage is ok but Cranberry? and Gwyneth Paltrow's baby, Apple? (poor kid) they're kind of strange) so I guess you changed my mind about how in other countries if you have a list of names you can choose from I can see that it would be a good thing to ban names. Too much freedom is never good. Thanks for setting me straight.
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@Rexy_leigh (1189)
• Philippines
5 Mar 07
Wow! Just heard of this one now... personally, I don't like the idea of banning baby names. I mean, why do the state intervene in this matter, don't they have anything else to work on? And besides, do they really like the idea of having a lot of people given the same names? That's terrible! :)
• Ireland
5 Mar 07
I've heard of this. I think it is a really long list and not all that restirctive. They just don't want to name boys Alica and anybody Twiddletodeydums.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
4 Mar 07
In what countries is this the law? That's crazy. Although I personally like traditional names & I scratch my head at some of the really odd names or over-used names I have heard parents use, it's not the government's job to make those decisions. I don't know that it's as true in Germany, but there are many traditional & relatively common names/nicknames that do not clearly imply gender. Pat, Kelly, Terry, come to mind and I know two sisters whose names are Logan & Aiden.
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
5 Mar 07
France and Germany, off of the top of my head. Does anyone else know of any others?
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
4 Mar 07
There are some girl names that sound like boys' I think those are the ones I personally think would like to ban LOL What do you think about a girl names Bob or Jim or Alex? It should be Bobbie-Jo or Alexa.
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@beaniegdi (1966)
4 Mar 07
it used to be like that in england years ago, if the registrar didn't think the name you wanted was right then you couldn't register it. I don't think that is right, yu should be able to name your child whatever yu want, there is too much state intervention in peoples lives. having said that i do feel sorry for children whose parents give them silly names that the child has to carry through life with them. i knew a guy who called his daughter zuzu after a character in its a wonderful life, i didn't think that was ok as the child would be asked about it everytime she met someone new.
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