Let’s take how to tell the sex of your baby look at some countries with pretty strict or otherwise fascinating baby-naming laws. Germany In Germany, you must be able to tell the gender of the child by the first name, and the name chosen must not be negatively affect the well being of the child.
Also, you can not use last names or the names of objects or products as first names. Whether or not your chosen name will be accepted is up to the office of vital statistics, the Standesamt, in the area in which the child was born. If the office rejects your proposed baby name, you may appeal the decision. Rejected names: Matti was rejected for a boy because it didn’t indicate gender. Approved names: Legolas and Nemo were approved for baby boys. Sweden Enacted in 1982, the Naming law in Sweden was originally created to prevent non-noble families from giving their children noble names, but a few changes to the law have been made since then.
The part of the law referencing first names reads: “First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name. Also rejected: Metallica, Superman, Veranda, Ikea, and Elvis. Accepted names: Google as a middle name, Lego. Japan In Japan, one given name and one surname are chosen for babies, except for the imperial family, who only receive given names.
Except for a few examples, it is obvious which are the given names and which are the surnames, regardless of in what order the names have been given. There are a couple thousand “name kanji” and “commonly used characters” for use in naming babies, and only these official kanji may be used in babies’ given names. Denmark Denmark’s very strict Law on Personal Names is in place to protect children from having odd names that suit their parents’ fancy. To do this, parents can choose from a list of only 7,000 pre-approved names, some for girls, some for boys. If you want to name your child something that isn’t on the list, you have to get special permission from your local church, and the name is then reviewed by governmental officials.
Rejected names: Anus, Pluto, and Monkey. Approved names: Benji, Jiminico, Molli, and Fee. Iceland The Iceland Naming Committee, formed in 1991, is the group that decides whether a new given name will be acceptable. If parents want to name their child something that is not included on the National Register of Persons, they can apply for approval and pay a fee. A name has to pass a few tests to be approved. It must only contain letters in the Icelandic alphabet, and must fit grammatically with the language.
Surnames in Iceland usually follow an interesting tradition. They are not family names, but are rather patronymic, or occasionally matronymic, with part of a person’s last name including their father’s name. Occasionally, there are true family names in Iceland, that are passed down to each generation. Officials at the registrar of births have successfully talked parents out of some more embarrassing names. China Most new babies in China are now basically required to be named based on the ability of computer scanners to read those names on national identification cards.
The government recommends giving children names that are easily readable, and encourages Simplified characters over Traditional Chinese ones. Parents can technically choose the given name, but numbers and non-Chinese symbols and characters are not allowed. Wang “At” was rejected as a baby name. Chinese is pronounced “ai-ta” which is very similar to a phrase that means “love him. Norway You are not allowed to use a first name that is traditionally a last name or a middle name, unless you come from a culture that doesn’t make that distinction. You’re also not allowed to change your name more than once every ten years. Apart from that, parents are not allowed to give a child a name that would be a major inconvenience.
But the real fun comes in changing surnames. If you want to change your last name to something more than 200 people have, go for it! 40 characters each for computer input reasons. And many states require using only the 26 letters of a standard keyboard. This means in California you can call a child Jose, but technically not José.
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