No Takawananeishas in New Zealand…

20 Jul

You put that on MY Birth Certificate!

And American custom in hte poor balck community, and certain white communities has been to give their children unusual first names. All of us are familiar with the Teshawn, Teneishas, and Teydakadoodlediddleers by now. On the flip side of that racial coin Rapper Frank Zapper named his daughter Moon Unit, and there are a plethora of other unusual names hung on the kids of media stars.

New Zealand, along with a few other countries have decided to ban certain children’s names. I’m not sure whether it’s down to Tom, Dick, or Harry for the boys – but something is afoot here –

New Zealand bans weird baby names

Celebrities with a penchant for weird baby names (looking at you, David and Victoria Beckham) should avoid having kids in New Zealand.

The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has been cracking down on parents who get too creative when naming their kids, Australia’s Herald Sun reports.

The list of weird names for kids that are banned by New Zealand’s names registrar has grown to include Lucifer, Duke, Messiah and 89. Also not approved: Bishop, Baron, General, Judge, King, Knight and Mr., names that were all said to be too similar to titles.

The letters, C, D, I and T were also rejected as first names, the Herald Sun says.

As well, the agency has refused to allow names involving asterisks, commas, periods and other punctuation marks.

And three different sets of Kiwi parents wanted to name their children Lucifer, only to have the name choice nixed.

In 2008, New Zealand’s names registrar drew international attention when it approved such non-traditional names as Benson and Hedges for a set of twins, as well as the boys names of Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter.

But New Zealand isn’t the only country to ban wacky names for kids, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.

In Sweden, name choices are subject to a naming law. While Lego and Google have been approved as names for children, Superman, Metallica and Elvis, and the name Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, pronounced Albin, were not approved.

In 2007, a judge in the Dominican Republic submitted a proposal to ban names that are either confusing or gave no indication of gender, such as the names Qeurida Pina (Dear Pineapple) and Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz), according to the Globe and Mail.

Can you imagine what football teams would look like if we did that in the US?

“Bob Jones goes back for a pass, Bob Jones puts a hard rush on from the corner. The pass is up! Bob Jones has caught it! Bob Jones tackles him at the 30!”

Hmmmm… I guess a case of be careful what you wish for.


Posted by on July 20, 2011 in You Know It's Bad When...


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6 responses to “No Takawananeishas in New Zealand…

  1. brotherbrown

    July 20, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Hmmm! My father’s name is General. My brothers and I had to endure comments in our youth such as, “These must be the Privates.”


    • btx3

      July 21, 2011 at 9:43 AM

      Yeah – a name can carry a lot of grief, not only for the named, but their loved ones.

      My Dad who was a teacher, when they integrated schools in our area, would come home and complain about the last names of some of his white students. Some of the kids with long German, Polish, or East European names could be particularly difficult to the uninitiated. A lot different from the segregated school days when the black kids were Johnsons or Washingtons.


  2. brotherbrown

    July 22, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Although I must say he was named after one of his Uncles, who himself never had children. I was almost General Jr and have my father’s initials.

    Several of his close friends call him “The General.” Pretty cool actually, and he, too, is a retired teacher.


  3. brotherbrown

    July 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    The General and his #2 son at a Clippers-Thunder game


  4. brotherbrown

    July 22, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    The General and his #2 son at a Clippers-Thunder game



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