If you’re looking to get a little creative in naming your newborn child, you’ll need to read this.
A list of baby names that are banned under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registrations Act 1996 has been released by the Victorian government, according to Kidspot.
According to Life Hacker, the names Hurricane, Hippo, Google, Burger, Excel and Tron were successfully registered baby names in 2012, and each was registered more than once.
But the latest list, released in December 2016, includes a number of titles, along with Satan and Australia, as names, which will be refused if you try to register them.
Here’s the list of baby names banned:
Admiral, Anzac, Australia, Baron, Bishop, Brigadier, Brother, Cadet, Captain, Chief, Christ, Commodore, Constable, Corporal, Dame, Duke, Emperor, Father, General, God, Honour, Judge, Justice, King, Lady, Lieutenant, Lord, Madam, Majesty, Major, Messiah, Minister, Mister, Officer, Premier, President, Prime Minister, Prince, Princess, Queen, Saint, Satan, Seaman, Sergeant, Sir, Sister.
All the names listed were unsuccessfully registered in Victoria over the last 12 months with many of them by more than one parent.
The reason many of them are banned is because they resemble official ranks or titles recognised in Australia, and to be called “Prince” you need to be an actual monarch.
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Others were deemed offensive or “contrary to public interest”.
Here are the different categories that prohibited names usually fall under:
Obscene or offensive
Contains symbols without phonetic significance
Statements or phrases (including acronyms)
References a public institution or public office
Contains an official title or rank recognised in Australia
Creates confusion in the community
May be considered reasonably likely to insult, humiliate, offend or intimidate a person or group
Overseas, and the Swedish government wouldn’t register the name “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116” while Denmark wouldn’t let parents name their child “Anus”.
But the NSW Government allowed parents to name their kids “God Bless, “Metallica” and “Fully Hektik Sik”.
According to Baby Center, 2016 saw a number of bizarre names for babies in Australia.
Some of the most unusual for girls included Disney, Tofu, Vader, Genesis, Phyineox and Wavy, while boys were named Anakin, Atlas, Creed, Danish, Zeus, Breeze, Falcon and Stylz.