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When it comes to choosing a name for your baby, a lot of mums like to go for something a little unusual or creative and one that no one else is likely to have.


However, while it is up to you to choose your baby’s name, depending on where you live, you might want to avoid the following ones as the law can get involved!


1. Facebook

The Mexican State of Sonora has banned names that are "derogatory, pejorative, discriminatory or lacking in meaning" – like Facebook, Lady Di, Virgin and Yahoo.


2. Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii

Yes this was the name of a nine-year-old girl in New Zealand before the courts took over. 


3. Linda and Alice 

These fairly common, seemingly innocent, names are banned in Saudi Arabia. 


4. Apple or Bear

Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet would be in trouble in Malaysia where naming your child after an animal, vegetable or fruit is banned.


5. Rob

While nicknames can make pretty awesome first names, you might want to think twice about using them if you live in Portugal where they are banned.


6. @

A couple in China wanted to use the symbol @ to name their child Wang @. Pronounced ‘ai-ta’ in Chinese and can mean ‘love him’, parents are not allowed name their child using a symbol that can’t be read on a computer.


7. Quinn or Taylor

Surnames or names of objects are not allow in Germany, so that's Quinn and Taylor out.


8. Catherine

In Iceland - where the Icelandic Naming Committee decides if your child’s name is acceptable - you are not allowed use a name starting with the letter 'C'. This is because the letter doesn’t exist in their alphabet.


9. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116

Apparently pronounced Albin, a couple in Sweden tried to name their child this but, not surprisingly, it was rejected. They then tried to use 'A', again pronounced Albin, but it too was rejected.


10. Matti

In Germany you are also not allowed use a name that doesn’t differentiate between genders, which was the reason given when the registrar rejected Mattie.




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