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:
- Justice (49 rejections)
- Princess (24 rejections)
- King (21 rejections)
- Prince (20 rejections)
- Royal (12 rejections)
- Duke (7 rejections)
- Bishop (7 rejections)
- Major (6 rejections)
- J (6 rejections)
- 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.