Thursday, June 21, 2007

Is this Name “For Real?”

Back at the Nymbler Nest we are constantly watching out for new baby names so we can expand our database. We recently found an article about a couple’s run-in with New Zealand authorities concerning the name they chose for their new arrival.

According to reports, the couple wants to name their baby “4real,” because of the reality of the upcoming birth. But authorities told the couple names beginning with a number aren’t allowed in New Zealand. The country has rules so individuals aren’t given names that are “likely to cause offense to a reasonable person."

To find out more, check out the full story.

What do you think? Would you ever use a number in your baby’s name? Should governments enforce"naming rules" for parents?

3 comments:

Swistle said...

It is hard to say, "Yes, governments should have naming rules" because I don't know what the rules should be. But number names seem really difficult, and 4Real is...awful...so I'm glad someone intervened in this particular case. They could still be NEARLY as awful with something like Forreal, which would at least fit into forms and look like a name.

Megan said...
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Megan said...

I agree with Swistle. Using a number in your child's name is kind of, well, interesting. Sure it's "unique", but is that all that really matters? Names are important in the life of a child, it identifies who they are and who they'll become as they mature. And as Swistle said, if they really want to name their child 4Real, I would suggest to them to use Forreal instead. Same pronunciation, but at least it looks like a name and not a "username" or "login name" ;)