Lady Di, This Is Burger King
And Batman, Meet Harry Potter ---
And His Side-Kick, Scrotum.
In Sonora, in the north of Mexico, the Department of Civil Registry
has announced that families can no longer
use certain heretofore popular names.
Banned names include,
Burger King
Cesárea (Cesarean)
Christmas Day
Escroto (Scrotum)
Harry Potter
James Bond
Lady Di
Marciana (Martian)
Calzones (Panties)
Rolling Stone
Tránsito (Traffic)
Usnavy (US Navy)
Virgen (Virgin)
And, according to the Daily Mail, in New Zealand, no little Lucifers will be entering this world. Also "Mafia No Fear."

Elsewhere, a list of 77 names reveals one child was set to be called "Anal" before the Department of Internal Affairs vetoed the proposal, while another narrowly avoided being dubbed "." or full stop.

Other names on the forbidden list included "4Real", "V8", and "Queen Victoria".

In some cases, parents appeared to have lost any inspiration for coming up with a moniker for their offspring, wanting to call the latest addition to the family simply "2nd", "3rd" or "5th."

The name Messiah has also been turned down, as have requests to name kids 89, C, D, I and T. As well, the agency has refused to give a pass to asterisks, virgules and other punctuation marks.

In the past, the agency has had a liberal policy of letting just about any name get stamped on a birth certificate. In 2008, for instance, it approved the names Benson and Hedges, given to a pair of twins by parents who presumably loved the cigarette brand. That same year it also green lit the names Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter, both for boys.

But as the Herald Sun reported, one little girl christened "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii" was so traumatized by the name that she had it legally changed at age nine.

In Sweden, where a naming law governs just what monikers parents can bestow on their children, courts have approved names such as Lego and Google. Superman, Metallica and Elvis did not pass the test, however. Nor did the name Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 ... pronounced Albin.

In 2007, the Globe and Mail reported that a judge in the Dominican Republic submitted a proposal to ban names that are either confusing or gave no indication of gender. Among unique names used to prove his point: Mazda Altagracia, Toshiba Fidelina, Querida Piña (Dear Pineapple), Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz) and Winston Churchill de la Cruz.

According to the Guardian, a judge also banned names including: Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit were disallowed by registration officials.

And from the New York Times, in Denmark Apple Paltrow Martin would be rejected as a fruit, Jett Travolta as a plane (and misspelled to boot), Brooklyn Beckham as a place, and Rumer Willis, as, well, Danish name investigators would not even know where to begin with that one.

"Cuba is also a problem," said Michael Lerche Nielsen, assistant professor for the Department of Name Research at Copenhagen University.

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