Ti­tles and num­bers among the Kiwi baby names re­jected

Bay of Plenty Times - - NATION -

What’s in a name? Well, usu­ally let­ters, for a start.

The Depart­ment of In­ter­nal af­fairs has re­leased a list of baby names it de­clined last year — two of which were not names, but Ro­man nu­mer­als II and III.

A to­tal of 66 names got the boot and in­cluded mostly a mix of royal ti­tles, mil­i­tary ranks and pos­si­bly a kind of lip­stick.

Six ba­bies missed out on be­ing called King, two ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived for the name Queen and three bubs missed out on be­ing dubbed Roy­alty for life.

Saint was al­ways a pop­u­lar choice with par­ents — with three ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived for that moniker.

There was also a num­ber of names with unique spellings that could have been passed as a royal ti­tle.

Among those gems were . . Heaven-princezz-star, King­david, Lee-royal, Ma­jes­tee-hon­ours, Princess-dixie-rose, Prinze, Prynce and Kyro-king.

Other par­ents felt their lit­tle ones were on equal lev­els as the Almighty — depend­ing on what you be­lieve in — and of­fered the likes of: Al­lah, Em­peror, Em­prah, Mes­siah, Majesty and Saint.

The name Royale got two ap­pli­ca­tions, Royelle one, Roil one and an­other mum just wanted ev­ery­one to know how spe­cial her wee one was — want­ing the name: Royale-bubz.

Jeff Mont­gomery, regis­trar-gen­eral of births, death and mar­riages said there were bound­aries put in place that made sure names did not cause of­fence, were of rea­son­able length and did not un­jus­ti­fi­ably re­sem­ble an of­fi­cial ti­tle or rank.

“The name of any baby born and reg­is­tered in New Zealand must com­ply with New Zealand’s rules — re­gard­less of the na­tion­al­ity of the par­ents,” he said.

“For ex­am­ple, you’ll need to re­think swear words, names of more than 70 char­ac­ters, nu­mer­als or any­thing un­pro­nounce­able — like a back­slash or a punc­tu­a­tion mark.

“There’s no prob­lem if you want to give your child a spelled-out num­ber or even a silly name, but re­mem­ber your child has to live with it.”

Of the al­most 60,000 chil­dren born in New Zealand each year, less than 1 per cent of ba­bies had their name per­son­ally con­sid­ered by the regis­trar-gen­eral — some­thing that hap­pened if fam­i­lies wanted to present their rea­sons be­hind a cer­tain name that had failed the cri­te­ria.

Last year’s top baby names were Oliver and Char­lotte — the same as 2017; while Nikau and Mia were the top favourites for Ma¯ori baby names.

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