Baby names

"Justice" is a banned baby name? These are the names that should be banned!

May 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM ET

New Zealand Releases List of Banned Baby Names
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New Zealand Releases List of Banned Baby Names

It's hard to find the perfect name for your baby when there are a gazillion choices out there. Finding the one that's granny-chic (or classic), trendy (or not), unique (but not bizarre) and not on the list that your sister-in-law has claimed as "hers" since seventh grade understandably sends some expectant parents into a panic.

But at least we don't have laws restricting what you can name your kids, like they do in countries including Iceland, Denmark, Germany and Sweden...and now New Zealand. Official, government-sanctioned names? Who knew, right?

According to, New Zealand has released a list of 77 unacceptable baby names that have been rejected by the government. "Justice" has been rejected a whopping 62 times. "Duke" is also a surprising no-no (good thing Bill and Giuliana Rancic don't live there; that's their son's middle name). Other royal names like "Prince," "King," "Princess," and "Majesty" are the baby name blacklist too. One not-so-shocking addition: Lucifer. Really, who would name their baby that anyway?

Apparently, laws like these are designed to protect kids from embarrassment. But embarrassment is subjective. So is beauty. What tops one mama's dream-baby-name list will top another's I-wouldn't-saddle-my-kid-with-that-if-you-paid-me list. With that said, here are the names we'd ban if we could:

Hashtag, Siri and anything else inspired by technology.

Really absurd celebrity names. We're looking at you, Uma Thurman, for one-upping Jason Lee's Pilot Inspektor and naming your kid Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. (Isn't it hard enough to be a celeb kid?)

Overly alliterative family names. Thank you, Kourtney Kardashian, for not kontinuing this krazy trend with your own kids' names—now let's hope Kim and Kayne kopy you.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.