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The recent Royal announcement regarding Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is a reminder that parents in the UK don’t have to follow convention when it comes to naming their offspring. For proof, just take a glance at the records for the past few years where you’ll find an eclectic selection including Diesel, Fox and Tahiti.
The General Register Office says it will reject a name only in “the most extreme cases”, if officials decide it is offensive.
Many other nations, however, take a much stricter approach.
Iceland, for example, insists parents choose from a list of around 3,500 names, while Denmark offers a choice of 7,000. The idea in both places is that people need to select a name that’s in line with the nation’s heritage and culture.
In Germany parents have to come up with something that is recognisable, gender-specific and isn’t going to be impossible for their child to live with. Disagreements are settled in court, with recent cases seeing football-inspired suggestions such as Borussia or Schalke 04 being shown the red card.
Portugal is another with a lengthy list of what’s allowed and what isn’t, with an 80-page booklet to provide guidance. A flick through its pages reveals there’s no place for Thomas or Alex, though Tomas and Alexandre are acceptable. Recent lists have also shown the door to Hendrix, Nirvana and Rihanna.
In China, meanwhile, there is a practical element to what’s permissible with computer-readable characters getting the nod and simplified Chinese preferred over traditional options.