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The Worst Names in the World

The Worst Names in the World


The government requires you to obtain a license to drive, own a gun, fish, hunt, teach, practice law, practice medicine, fly a plane, sell alcohol, get married, and even operate a forklift.

Some lesser-known things that require a license are breeding dogs, babysitting, having a garage sale, performing in public, building a garage, opening a lemonade stand, becoming a tour guide, or selling raw milk, Christmas trees, and even pumpkins in some places.

But create, name, and have complete control over a human being? Open to anyone!

Imagine choosing a name for your newborn child that is so outrageous or mean that the authorities must intervene. Here is a list of 50 names that people around the world tried to assign to their babies, only to be rejected by the government: 

(I had to censor some of these so Google doesn’t ban me forever!)

  1. Martian (England)
  2. Smelly Head (Malaysia)
  3. Rogue (England)
  4. Monkey (Denmark)
  5. Devil (England)
  6. D*ckhead (Australia)
  7. LOL (Australia)
  8. Batman (Australia)
  9. Ikea (Australia)
  10. Snort (Australia)
  11. Circumcision (Australia)
  12. Spinach requested 3 separate times (Australia)
  13. * (New Zealand)
  14. Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii (New Zealand)
  15. 4Real (New Zealand)
  16. An*l (New Zealand)
  17. 89 (New Zealand)
  18. Mafia No Fear (New Zealand)
  19. Cyanide (England)
  20. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (Sweden)
  21. Metallica (Sweden)
  22. Superman (Sweden)
  23. Q (Sweden)
  24. Pen*skin requested 6 separate times (Sweden)
  25. Terminator (Mexico)
  26. Rolling Stone (Mexico)
  27. James Bond (Mexico)
  28. Christmas Day (Mexico)
  29. Burger King (Mexico)
  30. Nutella (France)
  31. An*s (Denmark)
  32. Pluto (Denmark)
  33. Snake (Malaysia)
  34. Sexual Intercourse (Malaysia)
  35. Hunchback (Malaysia)
  36. Insane (Malaysia)
  37. Facebook (Mexico)
  38. Rambo (Mexico)
  39. Fat Boy (New Zealand)
  40. Robocop (Mexico)
  41. @ (China)
  42. Scr*tum (Mexico)
  43. Fish and Chips (New Zealand)
  44. V8 (New Zealand)
  45. Bridge (Norway)
  46. Grammophone (Germany)
  47. Viagra (Russia)
  48. Google (Sweden) Though as a middle name it’s okay
  49. Lego (France)
  50. Sex Fruit (New Zealand) my personal favorite

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So Naming My Kid “Orgasm” is Okay?

However, the following names were totally cool with governments around our globe: Gennah Tyles (think about that one for a minute), Like, MidnightChardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence, Little Sweet Meat, Orgasm, Melanomia, L’Oreal, DKNY, Abstinence, Olive Garden, Ssst, Rage, Peyote, Hashtag, Xerox, Sadman, Laxative, Flora Toilet, Fishy Scales, Leper, and Hairy Berry.

Most of the names mentioned in this article would be legal in the U.S. Naming laws vary state by state but usually, as long as the name doesn’t have any numbers or symbols and is less than 40 characters long, it will be deemed acceptable.

These common U.S. names that are banned in other parts of the world:

Morocco: Sarah

Saudi Arabia: Sarah, Elaine, Maya, Linda, Lauren, and Alice

Portugal: Catherine, Aiden, Ashley, Bruce, Charlotte, Dylan, George, Thomas, and Jenny

Germany: Taylor, Ashley, Riley, Morgan, Jordan

Denmark: Peter, Thomas

Iceland: Chris, Chloe, William, or Jack

Hungary: Stephan

Interesting Student Names

It’s still a bit of a mystery to me why some people get offended when teachers talk about interesting names of former students. We’re really not making fun of the kid; we’re making fun of the parents and feeling utter pity for the child. Why does someone get bent out of shape when I mention that I had a student named after some cheap liquor, but there are no ill feelings towards the parent who chose that name for their human child? I guess if you’re the kind of person who gets mad about that stuff, skip this next section. 

Teachers have reported having students with some very interesting names, and here are some of my favorites:

Video game and movie-inspired names: Gremlin, Qbert, G.I. Joe. 

Nouns: Desire, Passion, Phelone (pronounced felony), Curiosity, Silence

Objects: Purse, Oasis, Cashmere, Aluminum, Brain (pronounced Brian), Uranium

Verbs: Kiss, Caress

Purely creative: Shiteez, S'ance, Disjuan and Datjuan (twins), Fantastica, Naitsirhc (Christian spelled backward)

Wishful thinking: Wonderful, Adorable, Perphect, Beautie, Gorjus

Alcohol: Lambrini, Chardonnay, Tequila, Daquiri Jr., Michelob, Champagne, Alize, Stolichnaya 

Above us from the start: TheGreatOsiris, Master, God, Royalty, Princeneil, Yahhiness, Yamajesty, Yaexcellecy, Sir, Princess, Prince, Unique, Ahmunique, Uneek, Legend

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Jane Morris

Jane Morris is the pen name of an ex-teacher who would really like to tell you more about herself but is worried awful administrators will come after her for spilling their dirty little secrets. Jane has taught English for over 15 years in a major American city. She received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from a well-known university and her M.A. in Writing and Literature from an even fancier (and more expensive) university. As a professional queen of commiseration turned published author, Jane’s foremost passion in life is to make people laugh through the tears.

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