Banned Baby Names, From Lucifer to Anal: What's the Most Commonly Banned Name?
The government of New Zealand has released its list of banned baby names, prohibiting mothers from naming their new bundles of joy "Lucifer" or "Anal."
New Zealand doesn't allow baby names that are considered offensive "to a reasonable person." Since 2001, one couple has tried to name their baby "Anal," while "Lucifer" has been attempted six times. Other interesting one-offs include "V8," "5th," and "Mafia No Fear."
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New Zealand also bans names which "resemble an official title and rank," so perhaps it's no surprise that the third most commonly banned name is Princess (rejected 28 times), and that the second most commonly banned name is "King" (rejected 31 times).
And number one atop the list of most commonly banned baby names? That would be "Justice," a name which 62 babies have been denied.
(The award for all-time worst baby name has to go to a Swedish couple, who in 1996 attempted to name their child "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116"--pronounced "Albin.")
Research has shown that a person's name can affect their lives in some surprising ways. David Figlio, a professor at Northwestern University, found that teachers treat kids differently if they have so-called "linguistically low-status names" (spellings such as "Alekzandra" instead of "Alexandra," for instance). In Figlio's study, teachers were more likely to be put these students in special education classes, and they tested more poorly.
Last year, a study conducted by a European dating site and published in the medical journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that people with names that were considered unappealing had lower self-esteem and were more likely to smoke. The study also found that singles preferred to stay single rather than date someone with a name they didn't like.
Based on those findings, it's probably safe to say that a person named "Anal" would remain single all his life.
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