WHAT IS IN A NAME?

INTERACTIVE
  • France

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    A couple who wanted to name their daughter after the hazel nut spread has been barred by a court who declared the name 'Nutella' would only ''lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts'.

  • Germany

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    A Turkish couple in Germany who regard Al Qaeda's former leader Osama Bin Laden as their hero wanted to name their son after him. German authorities did not allow it.

  • Sweden

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    Any ideas on how to pronounce Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116? This is the name a couple in Sweden wanted to register their child as in protest against the country's naming laws. But they lost the court case.

  • Japan

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    When Japanese parents register their newborns, the local authorities can say no if they don't think the name is appropriate. Known as a famed video game character, the name Akuma, meaning 'devil', was not permitted.

  • New Zealand

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    In New Zealand, parents need a stamp of approval from authorities to bestow a name on their baby. Some of them do not pass the test, like Fish and Chips, which was destined for twins.

  • Mexico

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    Mexico has a long tradition of giving unusual names to children. But the northern state of Sonora thinks there should be a limit to parents' liberty. Harry Potter is among a list over 60 names local authorities have decided to ban. (As well as Burger King, and Hitler)