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Names


A word or set of words by which a person or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.

The case for banning names

Names not appropriate

A boy may be given a girls name or vice versa

Names offensive

Names may include offensive words

Names not in child's interest

Names of children called "Osama Bin Laden" or "Hitler" may harm the child.

System can't cope

  • Last names not allowed as first names
  • Names including numbers
  • Non alphanurmeric characters

The case against banning names

Freedom of expression

Sometimes parents want unique names for their kids.


In Iceland there is a list of 1,853 female names, and 1,712 male ones, and parents must pick from these lists or seek permission from a special committee.

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