Parents from Down Under are currently being prevented from giving their babies names likely to subject them to “a lifetime of mockery and ridicule,” to quote the Australian Times. Names to avoid in Australia include the following royal, religious, vain and silly names like these:
Religious: Lord, Glory Hallelujah, New Covernant
Royal: King, Prince, Princess, Royal, Princess Diana
Vain: Wonderful, Beautiful
Silly: Fireman Sam, Honest Mary
Bizarre: Anarchy, Tit
New Zealand’s list of names to avoid is longer and contains a wider variety of pompous royal, religious, political, military titles and other silly monikers, including:
Royal: Majesty, Eminence, King, Queen, Queen Victoria, Prince, Princess, Regal
Noble: Duke, Baron, Knight, Lady
Religious: Lord, Christ, Saint, Eminence, Bishop, Minister,
Military: General, Major, Sargent
Political: Emperor, President, Chief, Justice, H.Q.
Silly: Lucifer, Rogue, Mafia No Fear, 4Real
I’m writing this post because in North America, some of the most pompous names (like King, Prince, Princess and Messiah)are growing rapidly in popularity and are likely to subject huge numbers of children to mockery and ridicule. Some parents are so thrilled with their offspring they pick names their children will never be able to live up to or live down. Are those parents smart enough to pick “normal” middle names. One would hope so, but the odds are against it.