Top 9 strange laws around first names in the world, those that we would not like to have…

We already knew that some people choose the first name of their kid completely drunk, so it’s obviously good that a civil registrar can prevent them from rotting the next few years of their kid’s existence. Except that sometimes, the laws of the countries are particularly rigorous as regards the conditions attached to the choice of the name of the child. So much so that one would almost be tempted to ask them why they take so much of the lead.

1. In Germany, one must be able to know the sex of the child immediately

The public service in charge of civil status can completely refuse you a first name. The conditions for the latter to be accepted are as follows: it must be gendered (“Matti” for example was considered insufficiently explicit as to the sex of the child), not harm the child and not correspond to a name traditional family.

2. New Zealand refuses first names longer than 100 characters.

It is difficult to contest such legislation insofar as it is necessary to be particularly relou and to have a good desire to make everyone ch ** r to give such a long name to his kid. Yes, you too dream of seeing what a 100-character first name looks like: alexandretyigoelrmdpfnchsizerkfodsapzeortifdnazyuiolvdmoperuydfcvbsertyolgfdacvnfgtplvouisbnuidfe. So. And yes, I counted but I got lost at one point, I must confess.

3. In Iceland, only first names that can be spelled in the Icelandic alphabet are allowed, the Camilles run away

And since there is no “C”, the “Camille”, “Claire”, “Clément”, you are clearly in trouble if one day you leave to travel to Iceland. No one will be able to challenge you and you will quickly sink into depression and loneliness. In fact, if this law exists, it is above all because the children have as their surname the first name of their parents to which the terms “son” or “daughter” are added. Also, they only have a list of 3,565 names to choose from, which isn’t huge but seems pretty handy when you’re too lazy to rack your brains.

Top 9 strange laws around first names in the world, those that we would not like to have...
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4. In Saudi Arabia, first names referring to royalty are prohibited

Well yes, don’t mess around either. Did you think you were going to call your daughter “princess” (aside from the emotional nickname) and get away with it? No but oh. There, we therefore avoid calling his son Amir (prince), Soumouw (excellence) and Malika which means queen.

5. In China, the first name must consist of characters readable by a computer

We must therefore prefer simplified Chinese to traditional Chinese and use symbols that a machine can easily read. This facilitates the work of scanners when it comes to reading an identity card, for example. The Chinese were even asked to try changing their first name in 2000 to simplify the whole mess. Without pressure.

6. Norwegians cannot use a traditional surname as a first name

And my little finger tells me that in France either, we wouldn’t be a fan of “Dupont” as a first name. Already that it’s really not crazy as a surname… But anyway. If ever, a citizen decides to give such a first name to his child and it is carried by less than 200 people, he will have to ask everyone for permission to be able to name his offspring as such. And frankly, it’s long. You might as well choose a very lambda first name without any originality.

7. In Denmark, you can only choose from 7,000 first names.

Frankly not cool. It still leaves a very thin margin of fantasy. How are attention-seeking parents going to give their kid a very original and different name, huh? IM asking you !

8. Before 1993, in France, we can only draw inspiration from first names from the calendar or from mythology

Before, the legislation was much stricter and the registrars much stricter. On January 9, 1993, a law was published aimed at giving more freedom to parents: they are now free to choose the first name of their child on condition that it does not harm their interests. It is the civil status agent who decrees this.

9. In New Zealand, you can’t give a number for your child’s first name.

As much as the ban on extended first names, I can understand. But isn’t naming your kids by numbers the most practical thing in the world? In any case, at Topito, we find it rather practical to give numbers to our children.

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