O damned vacillating state! (turabiannights) wrote in namingnames,
O damned vacillating state!

Malaysia outlaws unsuitable names

Interested in naming your child Smelly Head, Hunchback, or Sexual Intercourse? No more possible in Malaysia, where the government has taken action after the number of people changing their birth names has continued to grow significantly.

There are a number of countries who have such restrictions on names, often in the form of a "banned" list. Japan has outlawed "Corpse" and "Dung Heap." Sweden famously did not approve the name Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 in 1991 because it was "supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it." In America, however, you can name your child whatever you like - including expletives!

How do you feel about naming legislation? Is it a good or bad idea? On one hand, it would be nice to think no one would want to name their child Dung Heap or Sexual Intercourse... but on the other hand, it appears that people do!
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