Many countries have a list of quite unusual and some surprising names which are banned in their territory.

In Mexico for example, you can’t name your child Harry Potter or Batman or Terminator.

They also banned, Lady Di, Virgin, Circumcision, Cesarean, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Private and Rolling Stone.

Naming your children after animals, fruits or vegetables is banned in Malaysia. So rethink if you want your daughter to be called Apple or Coco or Bear.

Maya, Linda and Lauren are some names that are banned in Saudi Arabia.

In Portugal, nicknames like Tom, Rob or Sammy are not allowed on birth certificates. It is OK to call someone Tomás, but not Tom or Thomas. Mona Lisa is also banned.

Germany does not allow surnames or names of objects to be used as proper nouns. Also the names should be gender specific and not unisex in nature.  The Name Adolf Hitler is also banned.

Names starting with the letter “C” are outlawed in Iceland because the letter does not exist in Icelandic alphabets.  (Is that for real?)

List of names banned in Sweden include Metallica, Ikea and Q. The country bans names that are not suitable as a first name.

In Portugal the names of both the children of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, along with William, Emily and Michael are on the banned baby names list in the European country.

Earlier this year we shared  “The weird baby names banned in New Zealand” – Included in the 35 banned baby names are two punctuation marks, ‘.’ and ‘/’, reports 7 news.

“Less than one per cent of babies have their proposed name considered, but the name of any baby born and registered in New Zealand must comply with New Zealand’s rules, regardless of the nationality of the parents,” Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery told the New Zealand Herald.

Rejected names in NZ

• .
• /
• Chief
• Duke
• Ida-Qween
• II
• IV
• Jahstice
• Judge
• Justice
• Justyce
• Justyce-Krimson
• King
• Lady
• Legion-King
• Majesty
• Major
• Messiah
• Miss
• Priince
• Prince
• Prince-Pahata
• Prynce
• Regal
• Rogue
• Royaale
• Royal
• Royale-Lee
• Royall
• Royalty
• Saint
• Sovereign
• Triple M
• X

Share your comments below.

Read more: 60 banned baby names in Australia 

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  • I don’t think it is surprising at all!


  • Those names don’t really appeal to me.


  • I’m not surprised by most of these, although I think Rogue is a pretty cool name.


  • Those names are banned with good reason, saves the poor child spending their lives as Bus-shelter as yes I have heard of that one


  • Where do people come up with those silly names. I’m glad they’re banned otherwise the child would grow up being ridiculed.


  • Oh dear! Those names in that list should be banned too! I think maybe they are too lax in Australia because there are some seriously weird names and the kid is going to have to grow up with that and then be an adult with that name…


  • Who knew such a list even existed? It was a funny read and I clearly had no idea that such names were banned.


  • This is interesting, some names you wouldn’t really choose and some you would but in Portugal it isn’t allowed


  • I can’t imagine how mums choose these names.


  • Some of the banned names are ridiculous. Why would anyone want a baby called ‘.’ anyway?


  • Wow some of the banned names surprise me but I’m going to find out more as to the “why”. I’m sure there are logical explanations!


  • I don’t understand why people would want to name their kids something weird. But, I don’t know why some of them would be banned.


  • I can understand most of them being banned as some people would name their kid something horrible just for the attention and fame but there are a few there that definitely make you wonder why they could possibly be banned….unless it’s a translation faux par


  • What a bizzar list, funny how they had to ban them because because actually wanted to name their kids that..others like linda is a bit strange to ban. I wonder the reason


  • Interesting how different names are banned in different countries.

    • Yes indeed Ellen and looks like Iceland is out for me .


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