Top 10 Rejected Baby Names in New Zealand

According to New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Department, a total of 350 baby names were rejected over the last ten years (July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2011).

The top 10 rejected names were these:

  1. Justice (49 rejections)
  2. Princess (24 rejections)
  3. King (21 rejections)
  4. Prince (20 rejections)
  5. Royal (12 rejections)
  6. Duke (7 rejections)
  7. Bishop (7 rejections)
  8. Major (6 rejections)
  9. J (6 rejections)
  10. Lucifer (6 rejections)

Other rejected names were Messiah, Christ, Saint, Mafia No Fear, Anal and V8. Also rejected were single letters, Roman numerals and punctuation marks.

What are the baby-naming rules in New Zealand? No baby names are explicitly off-limits, but there are three basic restrictions:

  • Names can’t be more than 100 characters long,
  • Names can’t be/include/resemble an official rank or title, and
  • Names shouldn’t be offensive to the general public.

Here are some past posts on baby names rejected in New Zealand, baby names approved in New Zealand, and babies getting gang names in New Zealand.

Source: List of rejected baby names released


2 thoughts on “Top 10 Rejected Baby Names in New Zealand

  1. I think the entire idea of outlawing a name is ridiculous. I firmly believe it is not the government’s responsibility or right to tell parents what they can and cannot name their children.

    I see Justice as a virtue name rather than a title name.

  2. Here’s an updated version of this list (July 2001 – September 2012).

    1. Justice (60 rejections)
    2. King (29)
    3. Princess (27)
    4. Prince (26)
    5. Royal (21)
    6. Major (9)
    7. Duke (9)
    8. Bishop (8)
    9. J (6)
    10. Lucifer (6)

    Not really sure how Major managed to lose 3 rejections, but hey. :)

    Source: There’s no Justice in baby-naming

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