Denmark, Portugal, Morocco and Norway are countries that I think have approved lists (or did until recently if it has now changed)
My point was not that they don't have lists, but that you can call your child a name not on the list. You just have to go through some approval process. In Denmark, for example, which has some of the strictest rules, you apply at your local church to use an unapproved name (or, in South Jutland, at the civil registrar). This begins an investigation by a department of the Copenhagen University specially dedicated to the task. They advise the government, and some civil servant or other is given the dubious honour of deciding whether the name is a proper first name, suitable for use in Denmark, and is not inappropriate or offensive.
My point was not that they don't have lists, but that you can call your child a name not on the list.
And my point was not that these lists are somehow immutable. Some places have pretty strict rules on these things that would probably rule out the sort of names mega-star celebrities give their kids these days stupid celeb baby names as well as the name "Messiah" that sparked this thread.
Danes can choose a pre-approved name from a government list of 7,000 names (about 3,000 for boys, 4,000 for girls). Common ethnic names such as Ali and Hassan, have recently been added. But places, objects, fruits etc. as well as weird spellings are all banned.
Those wishing to deviate from the official list must seek permission at their local parish church, where all newborns' names are registered. A request for an unapproved name triggers a review at Copenhagen University's Names Investigation Department and at the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, which has the ultimate authority.
Just call the kid Gustav or Frida and be done I say......
If this judge had said "that's ridiculous, this child will be mocked in school and suffer psychological trauma, for the best interest of the child the name must be changed," then this would be a non-issue. The ruling would almost certainly be upheld.
Upon reading the article, I find hat the judge did say exactly that when interviewed.
But apparently the name Messiah isn't even all that rare.
quote:There were 762 American baby boys named Messiah last year, and that figure is growing. The Social Security Administration ranks it the fourth fastest-growing name for baby boys - it leapt from 633rd in 2011 to 387th in 2012. And it's not just a boy's name or a first name.
Edited by NoNukes, : No reason given.
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience (1846)
I would say here something that was heard from an ecclesiastic of the most eminent degree; ‘That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heaven goes.’ Galileo Galilei 1615.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. Frederick Douglass
The Jockey Club keeps a register of all the names of horses racing in the UK. It has a list of banned names to save the embarrassment of race commentators.
However, this one got through and was only disbarred after several races.
Norfolk and Chance.
(It helps if you read this out loud with an Irish accent - if you can't mange a Norfolk one.)
Rule 6. Naming F. The following classes of names are not eligible for use:
10. Names that are suggestive or have a vulgar or obscene meaning; names considered in poor taste; or names that may be offensive to religious, political or ethnic groups; 11. Names that appear to be designed to harass, humiliate or disparage a specific individual, group of individuals or entity;
Family moves into a new town with their twin children, one a boy and one a girl (not identical).
A woman was in labour and her husband was rushing her to the hospital when they got into a car accident. Regaining consciousness in a hospital bed, the man was understandably agitated but he was somewhat reassured when he saw his brother standing beside the bed.
"Don't worry," the brother said. "Your wife is fine and the twins are fine. You have a son and a daughter."
"Oh, thank God," the father said.
"There's just one thing," the brother added. "The hospital staff were anxious to record the babies' names but both you and your wife were unconscious, so I named them."
The father was a bit concerned because he knew his brother had an oddball sense of humour. "What did you call them?" he asked apprehensively.
"Well, I named your daughter Deniece."
"Oh. Well, Denise is a nice name," the father was pleasantly surprised. "And what did you call my son?"
little difference between fundamentalist Muslim or Christian.
The sad part for me is that the judge is most likely right. It's all too likely that the judge's ruling simply reflects the reality of the area and that the Christian majority there are simply so ********, so bigoted, so intolerant, so evil, so cruel, so petty that the child really would suffer simply for having been named Messiah.
There is very little to distinguish the Muslim Fundy from the Christian Fundy except for the fact that the Christian Fundy can actually bring about the end of times.
Anyone so limited that they can only spell a word one way is severely handicapped!