There’s simply no Jusdyce
AUCKLAND: 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.
Sixtysix names got the boot and included mostly a mix of royal titles, military ranks and possibly a kind of lipstick — HunterRhouge.
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.
Other parents felt their little ones were on equal levels to the Almighty — depending on what you believe in — and offered the likes of Allah, Emperor, Emprah, Messiah, Majesty and Saint.
Births, death and marriages registrargeneral Jeff Montgomery said there were boundaries 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 spelledout number or even a silly name, but remember, your child has to live with it.’’ — NZME