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I’ve read hundreds of articles about banned baby names, but one I spotted over the summer called 9 Baby Names Banned by Governments really stood out because it claimed that the baby names Maple and Eh had been banned in Canada.
Seemed like a silly thing to say, as Canadian provinces (e.g., Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan) regulate and track baby names independently. And the claim was an easy one to debunk, as multiple babies in both Quebec and Alberta have been named Maple recently.
But I was still curious. The article had mistakenly stated that Facebook and Hitler were “banned in Mexico” when they were really just banned in the Mexican state of Sonora, so maybe Maple and Eh had been banned somewhere in Canada…?
On February 10, the Civil Registration Act went into effect in the Mexican state of Sonora (which is right across the border from Arizona).
Article 46 of the act allows local authorities to reject baby names they deem derogatory, discriminatory, defamatory, libelous and meaningless, among other things.
The state also banned 61 specific baby names, and will likely ban more names in the future. All of the banned names came directly from Sonora’s birth registries (meaning that each has been used at least once already).
After doing some digging, I finally found the full list of banned names on a Mexican news site. Here it is:
Beneficia (meaning “benefits”)
Calzón (meaning “panties”)
Circuncisión (meaning “circumcision”)
Delgadina (meaning “the skinny girl.” It’s from the Mexican folk song “La Delgadina.”)
Escroto (meaning “scrotum”)
Espinaca (meaning “spinach”)
Fulanita (meaning “so-and-so” or “what’s-her-name”)
Marciana (meaning “martian”)
Masiosare (meaning “if one should dare,” roughly. It’s from the phrase mas si osare, which is part of the Mexican National Anthem.)
Patrocinio (meaning “patronage” or “sponsorship”)
Privado (meaning “private”)
Sol de Sonora
Tránsito (meaning “transit”)
Tremebundo (meaning “terrifying” or “terrible”)
Virgen (meaning “virgin”)
Facebook is the legal first name of at least 2 human beings at this point. Amazing.
Robocop, I must admit, has been on my “baby names I am dying to find in the wild” list for many years. At last, proof that it exists! Exciting stuff. (Haven’t yet come across any babies named Chucknorris, however. Fingers still crossed on that one.)
Hermione? I can see why Sonora would object to “Harry Potter” and “James Bond,” but Hermione by itself (as opposed to “Hermione Granger”) makes no sense. Hermione is a legitimate (and lovely) name that existed long before the Potter books.
What are your thoughts? And, which name on the list above shocked you the most?
I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.
My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.
So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:
A Swedish baby boy was named Google after the search engine Google in 2005.
[I’ve never blogged about this one before, surprisingly. Oliver Google Kai was born on 12 September 2005 in Kalmar, Sweden, to Dr. Walid Elias Kai (who is Lebanese) and his wife Carol (who is Swedish). Google’s response: “We wish him long life and good health, and hope his schoolmates aren’t too hard on him.”]
A Chinese baby boy was possibly named @ after the “at” symbol found in e-mail addresses in 2007. (The name may or may not have been approved by the Chinese government.)
A man in Egypt has named his newborn daughter Facebook to commemorate the social network’s role in bringing about the recent Egyptian Revolution — “the revolution that started on Facebook,” according to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
The baby girl’s full name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.