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Sunday, June 24, 2007

They can't be 4Real....

A little sensible behavior from a judge in New Zealand! He stopped a couple from giving their baby a name rejected for some 90's boy band:

One New Zealand judge even blocked one family from using the name it chose. The judge said the name was unfair to the child.

"Initially, the reaction is, 'Are you for real?'" said Pat Wheaton, the New Zealand father who was blocked from naming his son 4Real.

Wheaton said the idea for the name came when the couple saw the first scan of the child.

"We started thinking 'Jeez, he is for real?'" Wheaton said.

But when the parents filed the name with New Zealand's Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, they were told names beginning with a number were against the rules.

Registrar-General Brian Clarke said the rules are designed to prevent names that are "likely to cause offense to a reasonable person."

The Wheaton's idea for a name came naturally, but many parents are feeling the pressure to be different.


I can't fathom having such a desire to be different that one would possibly subject one's child to years of humiliation.

I've always been in favor of normal names, the kind of names that were commonly thought of as names fifty years ago, and will be commonly thought of as names fifty years later. And while I think of restrictions on names as being pretty lame, I still feel the judge made the right decision here.

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