Linda, Hermione, Facebook & 24 Other Banned Baby Names


5. Robocop

A 2014 law in the Mexican state of Sonora forbade parents from registering baby names that officials consider “derogatory, pejorative, discriminatory or lacking in meaning.” Following the law’s passage, the civil registry circulated a list of 61 names from past registries that would no longer be approved. One of the banned names was Robocop.

“The objective of the list is to protect children from being bullied because of their name,” said civil registry director Cristina Ramírez. “We know that bullying can seriously affect a child’s personality and the development of social skills, and we want to do what we can from our area of responsibility.”

6. Prince William

A couple in Perpignan, France, wanted to name their son Prince William, but a local court denied this request, ruling that the name would bring the child a “lifetime of mockery.”

7. Mini Cooper

After the court rejected the name Prince William, that same couple in Perpignan asked to name their son Mini Cooper. This request was also denied.

8. Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii

In 2008, a New Zealand family court took custody of a 9-year-old girl named Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii so that her name could be changed.

“The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment that this child’s parents have shown in choosing this name,” the judge stated. “It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily.”

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