Would you name your baby after Mussolini?

Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini

Are you a resident of Potenza, Italy? Are you expecting a baby next year?

If you answered “yes” to both questions, the Movimento Sociale Fiamma Tricolore (a small neo-fascist political party in Italy) would like to suggest the baby names Benito and Rachele.

The party will give $1,940 to Potenza parents who name their 2009 babies after either the World War II-era dictator or his second wife — so long as those parents also “promise to use the money on cribs, clothes, food or other necessary items for their infants.”

Source: “Party: Cash for Mussolini baby names.” UPI 24 Nov. 2008

One thought on “Would you name your baby after Mussolini?

  1. Hm. If those names are actually reasonably common names in Italy, and not stigmatized in the way that, say, Adolf or Benedict are in the US… why not? $1940 is nothing to scoff at. (And did you know that your comment field uses old-fashioned numerals?)

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