(Taranaki Daily News, New Zealand) — Parents who tried to name their child Mafia No Fear are among hundreds who had their choice of name rejected in the past decade.
Justice was the most popular disallowed name, with royal titles, religious references and punctuation marks among names parents tried to bestow upon children.
A child and family psychologist who has even seen children named after illicit drugs says parents need to be more careful about stigmatising their kids.
A list provided by the Internal Affairs Department shows 350 parents had the names they chose for their offspring rejected in the 10 years ending June 30, 2011.
The list of disallowed names follows the release of the most popular names for 2011 – Liam and Ruby – this week.
The most popular rejected name was Justice – 49 people tried to name their child that, along with alternate spellings Justus and Juztice.
Royal titles featured heavily – King, Prince, Princess, Knight, Queen, Queen V, Queen Victoria, Lord, Lady, Baron and Duke were all rejected as were Royal, Royale, Majesty and Majesti. Religious references Messiah, Christ, Bishop, Saint and Lucifer didn’t make the cut either.