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Naming a baby can be a mean feat – first of all, trying to come up with something everyone agrees with is no easy task, and then there’s the middle name and whether the first name sounds right before it.
And then the baby is born, and all your initial thoughts can go straight out of the window because he just doesn’t look like a ‘Benedict’ after all.
But to make your task a little easier, there are some names out there that you simply can’t name your baby in certain countries, due to them being banned.
Countries including Italy, France, Malaysia and New Zealand even have the right to reject parents’ baby name choices and instead help them search for suitable alternatives.
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Baby names banned around the world
The name Alice is banned in Saudi Arabia along with names such as Elaine, Linda and Sandy, because they "contradict the culture and religion" of the country.
In Germany you wouldn't be able to name your child Adolf Hitler, and In Iceland, any name with the letter C in it is banned as the letter does not exist in the Icelandic alphabet.
So, if you were naming your baby in Iceland you'd have to use the letter K for a name starting with C, like Charlotte or Caroline.
In Malaysia, you can't name your child anything related to food or the natural kingdom, and in Mexico, names including James Bond and Harry Potter and banned in a bid to stop give children names which might cause distress.
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The name Sarah is banned in Morocco, because Sarah with an H is attributed to the Hebrew spelling, but you could call her Sara instead.
Huffington Post rounded up some of the most interesting examples, coming up with 27 names that have been rejected or completely banned in countries around the world.
And when you see what they are you'll struggle to come to terms with the fact that parents actually tried to register them…
2. Nutella – in 2015, a court in France ruled that a couple could not name their daughter Nutella and the baby was renamed as Ella after the parents failed to show up on their court date.
3. Ikea – Huffington Post reports that: "In the U.S., the name Ikea peaked in popularity in 1989, when 72 girls and nine boys were named Ikea. " But Sweden, the home of the furniture giant, has laws forbidding the name.
6. Prince William – A French couple wanted to name their son Prince William but their request was denied by the court.
7. Mini Cooper
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9. Facebook – the name Facebook has been banned by the Mexican state of Sonora, as well as the names Twitter, Yahoo and Email.
12. Chow Tow
14. Osama Bin Laden – As Huffington Post reports: "German authorities prohibited a Turkish couple living in Cologne from naming their baby son Osama Bin Laden in 2002."
16. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 – Apparently pronounced "Albin," Sweden's naming regulations rejected a couple naming their son this complex name which the parents had described as a "pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic creation." Sweden takes baby names so seriously there’s a whole law about it: 1982’s Naming Law.
22. Linda – Linda was banned by Saudi Arabia’s Civil Status Department for being a name based on religious connections or because it broke from "social traditions."
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27. Harriet – In 2014, a girl named Harriet made headlines in Iceland after the national registry refused to recognise her name, as it wasn't on the country's list of 1,853 female and 1,712 male approved names.
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