May 2 2013, 6:06am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
If you were to name your baby child “Lucifer” after the light-bearing fallen angel you would be in deep trouble. And the law would be at your doorstep in New Zealand even if you named the bundle of joy “Messiah” or “Christ”. Parents in the island south of Australia have to verify the epithet they give their baby with the authorities, it was stated on CNN
. The bizarre and weird names some people give their young ones led to this unusual strictness in name-giving. The registration of births, marriages and deaths has just undergone a new legislation that will make the perversion of names a crime.
The obvious query that comes to mind is what prompted the government to take such drastic if not extreme steps. Well, there have been over six parental couples who wanted to give their babies the title of Lucifer. Whether or not they belonged to a cult of Satanists has not been confirmed. Then there is the opposite case of naming the baby Messiah or Christ which is just as odd if not downright blasphemous. The rules and regulations laid down by the authorities were simply put in place so that no feelings would be hurt. In a politically correct world, such names that carried extreme connotations could backfire and even lead to serious consequences.
There is among the rules the proviso that any name that causes moral revulsion or offends the religious feelings of a group of people will be ruled out. Furthermore a name that is too long will not be taken into consideration since it is impractical and nonsensical. Such totally odd examples as Justice and King too were eliminated. Swear words were out of the question and finally any punctuations or abbreviations were rejected out of hand. The world runs on cooperation and common sense. If someone decides to name their son “Killer” it would have a very negative effect on the child’s later development. His classmates and peers not to mention teachers would all make life hell for him. It only makes sense not to give a name that you would regret later on.
However, there are some borderline cases that slip through the cracks. For example a set of twins with the title “Benson and Hedges” made it through the long arm of the law. Parents are getting quirkier by the second as they engage in a race to name their children in a different and bold if not eccentric manner.
Below are top five names banned in New Zealand since 2001.
You can find the full list on CNN .
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