No, you can’t name your son WikiLeaks – and other bizarre baby names

The German government has the right to step in and object any baby name on certain grounds. In Germany, you must be able to tell the child's gender by its name. File Photo

Just when you thought Apple and Moses were the weirdest baby names you’ve ever heard, someone comes along and steals the spotlight from Ms. Paltrow.

Hajar Hamalaw, an Iraqi-born journalist living in Germany, wanted to name is his son after the government secret-spilling website “WikiLeaks.” The German government said no.

Hamalaw says the name has significant meaning to him, telling NBC News that WikiLeaks is synonymous with transparent truth. But the German government rejected the child’s name, saying it could potentially endanger the baby’s welfare.

WikiLeaks is just another name to add to the ever-growing odd baby name list. In some countries, governments fear parents have gotten so out of control that naming laws have been put into place.

New Zealand, for instance, goes as far as releasing a list of banned baby names every year. Denmark has a list of 7,000 acceptable names on file. Elsewhere, including Germany and even Quebec, the government can approve or deny a name when a birth certificate is submitted.

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So what are some of these baby names that have caused such a stir to the point where the law stepped in?

1. New Zealand:

V8, Lucifer, Anal, Mafia No Fear, Adolf Hitler, Satan, Fish and Chips (twins), Sex Fruit, Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii

Acceptable names in New Zealand: Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence, Midnight Chardonnay

2. Sweden:

Metallica, Superman, Ikea, Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced “Albin”)

Acceptable names in Sweden: Google, Lego, Budweiser

3. Germany:

Osama Bin Laden

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Acceptable in Germany: Legolas, Nemo

4. Portugal:

Nirvana, Africa, Brain

5. Mexico:


6. Denmark:


7. United States:


8. Quebec, Canada:

 Spatule (Spatula)

9. Malaysia:

Chow Tow (Smelly Head), Khiow Khoo (Hunchback), Sor Chai (Insane)

Honourable mentions

Although these names were not made illegal, they still deserve to be recognized as some of the world’s craziest names.

United States: Cheese, Pilot Inspektor (son of Jason Lee, actor from “My Name Is Earl”), Hashtag
Saskatchewan, Canada: Dick Assman (pronounced “Ossman”)

 READ MORE: 93 years of Ontario baby names




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