WHAT'S IN A NAME: Midwives Lucinda Edmanson and Daisy Boardman are surprised by a few of the names on the illegal name register. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
WHAT'S IN A NAME: Midwives Lucinda Edmanson and Daisy Boardman are surprised by a few of the names on the illegal name register. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Banned names are really out there

SO YOU can name your child Kale but you can't call it Spinach according to Scoopla's list of banned baby names.

Bundaberg Hospital midwives Daisy Edmanson and Lucinda Boardman said they had seen some different names through their careers but hadn't seen any as peculiar as what was on the list.

"Bundaberg people are pretty conservative when it comes to names although we've seen from the tame to the quite wild," Ms Edmanson said.

"The name trend seems to change with celebrities and what they name their children.

"People follow these trends and that's why we have seen a lot of Charlottes this year.

She said it was all about parent's choice, no matter what they suggested when parents asked.

"It's totally up to the parents to choose a name they think is best," Ms Edmanson said.

"A lot of older traditional names are coming back in fashion at the moment such as Pearl and Arthur."

Ms Boardman said she had seen Hazels, Helens and lots of Ivys too and would be concerned if she saw parents try to give their child a name from the banned list.

CQUniversity associate professor of psychology Tania Signal said while some names may suit a child while they were young, people should remember the child would grow up to be an adult.

"It's really important to think of the future," Dr Signal said.

"You don't want to single them out or have them picked on in the playground."

The NewsMail contacted Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages to find out exactly how a name became banned and if there were any other names which were thought to be illegal.

A spokesperson said the births, deaths and marriages registers office registers all babies born in Queensland however it did not hold a database or a list of prohibited names.

"The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 (Qld) defines prohibited names as those which are obscene or offensive, cannot be practically established by repute, too long, a symbol or of phonetic significance, a title or rank or a name in the format of a statement such as 'Save Mother Earth'," they said.

"The parents are required to lodge a birth registration application within 60 days of the birth. It is through this process that the registry would be alerted to the use of a prohibited name."

Banned

Australia's banned baby names for 2015 are:

President

Jesus Christ

Bonghead

Ranga

Hitler

Ice-T

Thong

Chow Tow

Panties

#ROFL

LOL

Batman

Osama

Maryjuana

Ikea

Spinach

Ned Kelly

Post Master General

Medicare

(Blank Space)

Chief Maximus

D*ck Head

Smelly

Lucifer

G-Bang

Snort

iMac

Goose

Circumcision

Pieandsauce

Martian

Virgin

Scrotum

Top choices

Australia's Top baby names for 2015

Boys

1. Oliver

2. William

3. Jack

4. Noah

5. Jackson / Jaxon / Jaxson

6. Thomas

7. Lucas

8. James

9. Alex / Alexander

10. Ethan

Girls

1. Olivia

2. Charlotte

3. Mia

4. Ava

5. Amelia

6. Emily

7. Sofia/Sophia

8. Sophie

9. Chloe

10. Ruby

 

BIRTHS, Deaths and Marriage 2003 legislation states a prohibited name is a name which:

(a) Is obscene or offensive; or

(b) Could not practically be established by repute or usage -

(i) Because it is too long;

(ii) Because it consists of, or includes, symbols without phonetic significance; or

(iii) For another reason; or

(c) Includes or resembles an official title or rank; or

(d) Is, or includes, a statement; or examples: 'Save Mother Earth' or 'Down with Capitalism'

(e) Is contrary to the public interest for another reason; or

(f) A regulation states is a prohibited name.
 



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