(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- It isn’t uncommon for countries to prohibit parents from giving their newborn child certain names.
Australia bans naming babies after things that are viewed as obscene or unpleasant – for example, parents couldn’t name their child after genitalia – or even a slang term for genitalia. Though, in truth, most countries do not permit obscenities for baby names.
Naming a child Hitler is a no-no in several countries. Same goes for Lucifer.
In Mexico, in addition to barring the name Hitler, you also cannot name your child Batman, Terminator or James Bond. In fact, over 85 names are banned in Mexico.
Unsurprisingly, Germany is also among the countries that bans the name Adolf Hitler. It also bans the name Osama bin Laden. German parents must first gain government approval before naming their children.
Next to Germany, Sweden has some of the most onerous naming laws in the world.
Within three months of the child’s birth, Swedish parents are required by law to submit to the Swedish Tax Agency the name they’ve chosen for their child. The Tax Agency then gets to decide whether or not the parents can use that particular name.
Swedish law can bar the baby’s name if it is deemed offensive or if the name could cause “discomfort to the bearer.”
Over the years, the Swedish Tax Agency has rejected such names as Veranda, Elvis, Superman, Ikea, K8lyn, Q, Allah Akbar and Peniskin.
And now they have a new name to reject. According to the UK Daily Mail, the Swedish Tax Agency rejected the request from parents who wanted to name their child Vladimir Putin.
The Tax Agency didn’t give a reason for rejecting the name. But now the parents from the southern Swedish town of Laholm have to head back to the drawing board and think of another.
In 2007 the Tax Agency rejected the name Metallica for a baby daughter. But the parents got the decision overruled. Which means somewhere in Sweden, there’s a 14-year-old girl named Metallica. However, there are no reports on whether or not she’s a fan.
Oddly enough, the Swedish Tax Agency gave the green light to parents who decided to name their baby son Google. Given Google’s monopolistic tendencies, however, it is unlikely any other child will be permitted the use of that name in the future.