To all the parents who want to name their kid Lord or Corporal, we’ve got some bad news for you – your ‘unusual’ choice of baby name is banned in Australia.
The Victorian Government has recently released a list of banned baby names – prohibited under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act of 1996.
Check out the full list of illegal baby names in Australia below, apologies in advance to the parents who had their heart set on Bishop for their son…
Banned and illegal baby names in Australia:
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The reason for these baby name bans:
All the baby names listed were unsuccessfully registered in Victoria over the last 12 months with many of them by more than one parent.
They reason they are banned? These monikers resemble official ranks or titles recognised in Australia. To be called prince or princess in this country, you need to actually be one!
Every country has a list of names that are not allowed to be recorded by the Registrar.
In Australia, the Registrar can refuse to register a birth name in circumstances including any of the following:
- It is obscene or offensive
- It cannot be established by repute or usage because it’s too long or contains symbols (such as an exclamation mark).
- It is displayed in the form of initials or acronyms
- It creates confusion in the community
- It contains an official title or rank recognised in Australia
- It may be considered reasonably likely to insult, humiliate, offend or intimidate a person or group.