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New Zealand bans baby names like ‘Lucifer,’ ‘4Real’

AFP, WELLINGTON

New Zealand officials yesterday released a list of baby names put forward by parents that were rejected because they were too bizarre or offensive, including “Lucifer” and “Mafia No Fear.”

The list of 77 names reveals one child was set to be called “Anal” before the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs vetoed the proposal, while another narrowly avoided being dubbed “.” — or period.

‘V8’

Other names on the list included “4Real,” “V8,” and “Queen Victoria.”

In some cases, parents appeared to have lost any inspiration for coming up with a name for their offspring, wanting to call the latest addition to the family simply “second,” “third” or “fifth.”

The department’s rules forbid any name that might imply that a child holds an official title or rank, so “King,” “Duke” and “Princess” were among those that had been turned down most since 2001.

“Justice” was the most popular, having been rejected 62 times, although “Justus” and “Juztice” also failed to gain official approval.

‘NO. 16 BUS SHELTER’

In 2008, New Zealand’s family court ordered that a nine-year-old girl whose parents had called her “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii” should have her name changed because it was embarrassing and “makes a fool of the child.”

At the time, Judge Rob Murfitt criticized parents who gave their children bizarre names, citing examples such as “No. 16 Bus Shelter,” “Midnight Chardonnay” and twins called “Benson” and “Hedges.”

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