Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Those crazy Kiwis!! J


Banned Names Around the World

This week, a Tennessee judge ruled that a mother couldn't name her son "Messiah." Name bans are uncommon in the U.S., but around the world, it's a different story.

In 2008, a New Zealand family was ordered to rename their 9-year-old daughter from "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii." Other names banned in Kiwi Country include "4Real," "Mafia No Fear," and "V8." Strangely, "Number 16 Bus Shelter" is perfectly okay.

Malaysia and Sweden have also dropped the hammer on bizarre names. In 2006, Malaysian authorities cracked down on a couple that named their baby "Chow Tow" -- which translates to "Smelly Head" in Cantonese. Meanwhile, Sweden enforces a strict naming law, which prompted a protesting couple to name their child "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116." (If you're wondering, it's pronounced, "Albin.")


jimm said...

ok, so answer me this, how come white's never name their kid Jesus, but hispanics do? Like, have you ever met a Jesus Smith? Or a Jesus Jones?

JustinO'Shea said...

Different cultures, man. . . different. . . . ;-))

J said...

I want to find a kid named Jesus H. Christ. (We already have a band named Judas Priest, so that's off the list.)

Gary Kelly said...

Well, Jimm, how many whites refer to Jesus as Hey-zoo?

JustinO'Shea said...

Yes, that is the Spanish pronunciation of name Jesus. . from the Hebrew *Yeshuah*. . another form is *Joshuah* and so it goes. . . so there are Josh Smiths, etc. . .;-) Nice, eh?

Coop said...

Messiah because he is the messiah? Or because they want him to emulate Jesus?

He should be safe. I doubt most "christian" bigots have actually read the accounts of what Jesus did every day.