On New Zealand's Banned Names List: 'Mafia No Fear'
'Lucifer,' '4real' also not OK
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 12:26 PM CDT
Could this be little baby Lucifer? Not in New Zealand.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The New Zealand government regulates baby names, refusing to register any it deems offensive, too close to an official title or rank, or likely to cause a lifetime of pain for the recipient. If that sounds overly authoritarian, you might change your mind after hearing some of the names it has rejected. On a list released to CNN, would-be baby names banned over the past 12 years include: Lucifer (six separate babies almost had this one), Mafia No Fear, 4real, Queen Victoria, Messiah, Major, and Anal, along with lone punctuation marks like an asterisk and a period.

The policy has been in place since 1995, although the naming agency doesn't seem to bar everything weird: In 2008, a pair of twins were named "Benson" and "Hedges" (a cigarette brand) and another set of parents got away with "Number 16 Bus Shelter." Parents who refuse to comply face serious consequences—that same year, the state took guardianship of a child called "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii" so it could give her a new name.

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May 2, 2013 1:19 AM CDT
How about Newser?
May 1, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
Punctuation marks? How the hell do you call your kids name when it is *!!!. What happens when you write it and it comes out @*!%#. Hey @*!%#, get your @*!%# home right now. It's time for dinner and don't give any of your @*!%# sass about eating your veggies. You are going to eat your @*!%# veggies and @*!%# like it. I think I would just go with being called the kid formally known as @*!%#.
May 1, 2013 12:34 PM CDT
This is awesome. I say let them do it.