NZ: New Zealand officials 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 Department of Internal Affairs vetoed the proposal, while
another narrowly avoided being dubbed "." or full stop.
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 moniker for their offspring, wanting to call the
latest addition to the family simply "2nd", "3rd" or "5th".
The department's rules forbid any name that might imply 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.
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
At the time, judge Rob Murfitt criticised parents who gave their
children bizarre names, citing examples such as "Number 16 Bus
Shelter", "Midnight Chardonnay" and twins called "Benson" and