Names Challenged in Quebec – Avalanche, Glacier, C’est-un-Ange

As a follow-up to the post on unusual baby names in Quebec, I thought I’d write about the fact that the government of Quebec can challenge parents on baby names it deems inappropriate. Names that have been challenged by the Registrar of Civil Status include:

Boom-Boom
C’est-un-Ange (It’s an angel)
Cowboy
Goldorak
Jazzouille
Lucifer
Salaud
Spatule

Back in 1998, the government challenged the name Ivory because it also happened to be the name of a brand of soap. Baby girl Ivory was ultimately able to keep her name.

Just a few months ago, the government challenged the name Logan Avalanche. There was no problem with the first name (inspired by Canada’s highest mountain) but the Registrar wanted an explanation for the middle. I don’t know if any decisions have been reached yet, but I can tell you that the name of the Logan’s older brother, Brant Glacier, had also been challenged but was later approved.

Do you know of any other baby names that have been challenged in Quebec?

Sources: Quebec rejects ‘Avalanche’ as name for baby, Quebec couple thwarted in giving baby middle name ‘Avalanche’

2 Responses to Names Challenged in Quebec – Avalanche, Glacier, C’est-un-Ange

  1. I didn’t actually know about this law despite having family in Quebec, but I thought I’d point out for those who don’t speak French that “Salaud” translates to “Bastard” and also features in several curse phrases.

  2. Thank you, Sam.

    I’m happy the Registrar caught that one. I wonder if the parents ended up changing it. (Hope so.)

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