Spanish parenting blog Padres Frikis reports that a baby born in Spain in July was named Goku after the protagonist of the popular Japanese manga/anime franchise Dragon Ball.
Goku’s father told Padres Frikis that he didn’t have any problem registering the name with the government or having his son baptized within the church.
This is surprising, as parents often have a hard time registering unusual names in Spain.
In Spain, the Civil Registry can reject baby names if they are somehow offensive to the child or are “concepts that do not identify with human beings” such as inanimate objects.
Churches may also reject baptizing a child if its name does not come from the Bible.
A few years ago, for instance, Spain refuse to register the name Beliza.
(In Spanish, Friki means “geek, nerd,” so the blog title Padres Frikis is something like “Geek Parents.”)