I give New Zealand a lot of grief for being the world’s most far-flung Lord of the Rings gift shop, and for choosing their prime minister via sack race, but one thing New Zealand does do right is to ban parents from giving their kids stupid names. Just think how many future wedgies could be prevented if we kept our kids from being named Pilot, or Jackson with a Y. In New Zealand, Kiwis have to run their names by the government first (which, to be fair, consists of Minister Johno Reed drinking a pint outside the midwifery shed), and sometimes the government says “sorry, try again.” CNN (via CinemaBlend) recently released a list of the names the government wouldn’t allow, compiled below for your viewing pleasure.
(The numbers next to the names refer to how many times the name came up):
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
I admit, I kind of like “President.” Prez for short. I can see it. I’m torn between that and “V8 Anal Mancini” for my firstborn.
For comparison, I’m also including a list of names a mommy blogger in Utah named McKinli Hatch considered for her daughter before eventually settling on “Lakynn.”