Argentina allows baby to be named Nelly

The St. Petersburg Times reported on March 9, 1932, that a French father living in Buenos Aires had “won the right in the courts here today to name his daughter Nelly.”

The Registrar of Births had insisted that the Christian name must be Argentine, in accordance with a national law, and that therefore the father would have to name the child Nelita.

A court overruled the registrar and now dozens of Argentine-born Englishmen named Guillermo may call themselves William.


  • “Argentine Legalize Nelly and William.” St. Petersburg Times 10 Mar. 1932: 1.
  • Lots in a Name.” Otago Daily Times 13 Apr. 1932: 7.

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