15 Banned Baby Names from Around the World

Banned baby names
Metallica & Superman
Metallica & Superman

Sweden has officially outlawed the names Metallica, Superman, and other similar names that are oriented with music groups, TV characters, or brands.

Messiah
Messiah

Although there were 700 babies officially named Messiah in 2012, a Tennessee judge ordered a couple to change their baby’s name to Martin for religious reasons.

Hermione
Hermione

The Mexican state of Sonora has banned its citizens from naming their children after Harry Potter and other mainstream movie characters. Do not move there if you want to name  your child James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman, Batman, etc.

@
@

Yes, one couple in China actually wanted to name their child “@” but were denied. They argued that the symbol looks a lot like “love him” in Chinese characters. Regardless, they were forced to choose another name.

Tom
Tom

In Portugal, children can’t receive nicknames as their first name. Tom isn’t acceptable, but Tomás is perfecto.

Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler

Don’t even think about naming your child “Adolf Hitler” if you think it will fly. A Township, New Jersey couple had their son taken away from them after they ordered a cake for there son with that very name. Heath Campbell showed up in court wearing a Nazi uniform — this did not go over well with the judge.

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa is also out of the question for citizens of Portugal. There are many, many more banned names in Portugal, click here to see a partial list.

Tallula Does the Hula From Hawaii
Tallula Does the Hula From Hawaii

Don’t even try this one in New Zealand. A young girl was taken from her parents after revealing she hated her name and wanted it changed.

Matti
Matti

A family in Germany was ordered to change their son’s name from Matti to something more gender specific. You must be able to know the specific gender of a child by looking at their name.

Violet
Violet

In Malaysia, most names associated with nature are banned. This extends to animals, insects, plants, flowers, fruit vegetables, and even colors.

Smelly Head
Smelly Head

Oh yea, and in Malaysia you cannot name your child “Smelly Head.” Cow Tow (which means Smelly Head) is a definite no, no — along with Khiow Khoo (Hunchback), Sor Chai (Insane), and Woti (Sexual Intercourse).

Good thing country officials created a 41-page book of guidelines for naming children in 2006!

Bridge
Bridge

A Norwegian woman was jailed for two days after refusing to change her son’s name from Gesher, which means bridge in Hebrew, to another.

Devil
Devil

Akuma, which means “Devil” in Japan, is outlawed. This is probably a very, very good thing. How could anyone live that name down in school and beyond?

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Spatula
Spatula

Canadian officials objected to a baby being named “Spatule,” a French word for a spoon-billed bird. It also translates to the kitchen utensil commonly used to flip pancakes. This battle raged for quite some time in 1996, and in the end, the child was renamed.

As a new parent, you may be surprised to learn that you don’t necessarily have the right to name your child whatever you’d like.

In fact, numerous moms and dads have learned this fact the hard way. For instance, if you love nature and live in Malaysia, don’t think about naming your son or daughter after your favorite flower, color, or animal. Or, if you come up with the strange and twisted idea of naming your son Adolf Hitler, history shows that you may risk losing your son to foster care.

While it seems obvious that some names should be outlawed — or at least not used in good taste — we have to admit that some don’t seem like they should be. This has led to numerous legal battles around the world, and some have turned very ugly!

See the above slideshow for a list of names that have come under attack.

For more banned baby names, you can also check out this video:

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