Over the past 12 years, New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs has banned nearly 80 names deemed unacceptable to the government.
In looking out for the welfare of Kiwi kids, the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has prohibited parents from naming their newborn babies things like “Justice,” “Lucifer,” “Mafia No Fear,” “Anal,” and “A.J.”
According to the registrar, names are considered unacceptable if they might “cause offense to a reasonable person,” are “unreasonably long” or “resemble an official title and rank.”
Which explains why Princess, Prince, King, and Christ have all been placed on the prohibited list(though it doesn’t do much to explain why parents picked those names to begin with).
As CNN points out, New Zealand is not the only country that nixes weird names: Sweden and Iceland do too.
In the US, a child named “Adolf Hitler” was removed from his New Jersey home in 2009 along with his sister Aryan Nation.
In New Zealand, a similar incident occurred when a local family court ordered a 9-year-old girl be placed in court guardianship because her parents named her “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.”
Below is a complete list of names that have ended up on the no-no registry since 2001, along with the number of times they’ve come up since:
using brackets around middle names:4
using back slash between names:8
C J :1
Roman numerals III:1
. (full stop):1
Mafia No Fear:1
* (star symbol):1