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Top 10 Baby Names That Have Been Vetoed by the Name Police

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Johnson

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These insane baby names are sure to surprise you. From Terminator, to Daemon, to Metallica, these are some of the worst names a kid can have. WatchMojo counts down 10 Baby Names That Have Been Vetoed by the Name Police.

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Top 10 Baby Names That Have Been Vetoed by the Name Police


What’s in a name? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 baby names that have been vetoed by the name police.

For this list, we’re discussing banned baby names around the world. In 2018, in France, a judge ruled that a couple couldn’t name their baby girl “Liam” on the grounds it would cause “gender confusion”; and that sort of thing happens more often than you’d think. We’ve tried to present a variety of examples, and while some of them should not have been banned (in our opinion), some seem fair.

#10: Terminator

He may be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most iconic character, from one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of all time, but if you were hoping to name your first born “Terminator” you will be sorely disappointed – at least, if you live in the state of Sonora in northwest Mexico. After looking through the registries of babies born there, state officials compiled a list of banned names which they believe may lead to bullying, all of which already belong to Mexican citizens. And as if banning the name of one cool, futuristic robot wasn’t bad enough, you’re not allowed to call your child “Robocop”, either.

#9: Daemon

France again, where one couple decided to take their love of a fictional character one step further, and name their son after one. It’s a very common thing people do, and the character they picked was Damon from The Vampire Diaries. The problem arose when they added an “E” into the spelling after the “A” to make the name “more French.” The authorities said it sounded “demonic” – the same argument the New Zealand authorities used when they banned the name “Lucifer” – but the parents protested, and it went to court, where it was ultimately ruled the name had no “satanic connections,” so they were allowed to keep it.

#8: Spatule

Unlike other Canadian provinces, Quebec has much stricter rules about what parents can and can’t name their children; and the Quebec Registrar of Civil Status reviews each and every birth certificate to check that they’re appropriate. In 1996, the agency filed a motion to prevent a couple from naming their child “Spatule,”or “Spatula.” However, the parents were so adamant that the name was actually that of a bird, the Marvellous Spatuletail, that they went to court. Unfortunately for the parents, but probably not for the child, the court granted the Registrar’s Motion and they had to choose something else.

#7: Metallica

In honor of one of their favorite bands, one of the most enduring and successful ones of all time, a couple in Goteborg, Sweden decided to christen their baby daughter this, uh, unconventional name. It was perfectly fine for a few months, but issues arose when they applied for a passport for their daughter, and the Swedish tax authority heard about it and stepped in to try and spare little Metallica Tomaro any bullying later in her life. Surprisingly, the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeals eventually reversed the ban on this name, so we have to assume she still has it today.

#6: Nutella

Yet another couple couldn’t escape the reach of a French court of law when they were deciding what to name their child in 2015. The parents wanted to call their daughter Nutella, in the hope that she would embody the sweetness and popularity of the world’s favorite hazelnut spread, but one French judge ruled that the name would cause mocking and bullying, and would ultimately lead to a lower quality of life for the girl. They were ordered to shorten her name to the significantly more conventional, and less hazelnutty, “Ella.”


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This name was so controversial in New Zealand that the government actually assumed guardianship of the girl so that she could be renamed something more ordinary; the parents lost custody of their daughter. Unlike other names on the list, this one was banned after the girl herself – who was 9 when the government intervened – complained about being made fun of, and said she actually lied and told people her name was “K” to try and avoid ridicule. The court said they were severely concerned about the “very poor judgement” shown by the parents, and her new name has not been revealed.


#4: Adolf Hitler

It won’t come as a surprise to anybody to hear that this name is banned in many countries around the world, though a man in the US was free to change his own name to “Isidore Heath Hitler” and then also named one of his children “Adolf Hitler” and another “Eva Braun” (though, in 2008, Adolf and his other Nazi-named siblings were taken into state care.) In New Zealand, however, a judge was quoted as saying that names like this are banned to stop children suffering psychological trauma; while in Germany, the name Osama bin Laden is also banned along with Hitler, for similar reasons.

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It’s actually pronounced “Albin”, but this 43-character name was submitted for approval to the notoriously strict Swedish naming authorities in 1996, when a couple initially failed to register a name for their son by his fifth birthday, and led to them receiving a fine of around $740. They said the long name was “a pregnant, expressionistic development that [they saw] as an artistic creation,” submitting it in protest of the fine; but the court rejected it. In another bid to avoid the fine, the parents suggested the letter “A” as the boy’s name, also pronounced “Albin,” but this, too, was denied.


#2: @

In China, parents aren’t allowed to name their children anything with non-Chinese symbols in it, meaning no numbers, no punctuation, and so on. That’s why, when one couple tried to name their child the @ sign, they were promptly banned from doing so. The parents’ reasoning for their naming was that in China, @ is pronounced like “ai-ta”, which sounds similar to a phrase in Chinese meaning “love him,” so they thought the name was a proper representation of how much they loved their child. Regardless of their intentions however, it still wasn’t allowed.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few Dishonorable Mentions:

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#1: Linda

In the Western world, this is probably one of the most conventional names out there, but it’s actually a lot more controversial than you might think. In 2014, Saudi Arabia published a very long list of more than 50 recently banned names – a list which also includes the names Lauren, Alice, Sandy and Elaine. The reason the government gave was that the names were “blasphemous,” non-Arabic, non-Islamic, or contrary to the country’s culture, meaning that Linda was banned just because it was deemed too foreign-sounding and too strongly associated with Western culture.


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