Monday, July 12, 2010

As if picking a name wasn't hard enough....

...At least the U.S. Government doesn't chime in too!

I ran across this article and thought it was interesting (and timely, given that we can't make up our minds about the name!). It breaks down laws in other countries where the government has dictated guidelines and protocols for "appropriate and legal" names for your children. You can read the full article in the link below but I'll pull out some of the best parts, for those busy readers out there!

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/07/03/mf.baby.naming.laws/index.html

* Baby names must be submitted for approval by the office of vital statistics in Germany. No gender-neutral names are allowed, and if your proposed name is rejected, you have to submit new options until one is approved.
* Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden all make it a legal effort to protect children from embarrassing or inappropriate names...examples of rejected names include Stallion, Sex Fruit, Superman, and Monkey.
* In China, names must be able to be printed and read by I.D. card scanners. This means that names must only use Chinese characters that can be printed by a computer, and even some adults are having to change or tweak their names to follow this rule!

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