10/15/2015 04:51 EDT | Updated 10/15/2015 04:59 EDT

Banned Baby Names: French Court Stops Couple From Naming Son After This Guy

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DUXFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits IWM Duxford on July 9, 2015 in Duxford, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Parents often look to the Royals for baby name inspiration, but one French couple went a little too far when they tried to name their son Prince William.

According to Independent UK, the name was banned by a French court, which ruled that the moniker would lead the child to have a “lifetime of mockery.” Interestingly, the Perpignan parents held the opposite view and believed the name would be “useful” thanks to its direct royal connection.

Following the ruling, the anonymous couple tried their second name choice, Mini Cooper, but that was also rejected.

In France, parents are allowed to name their child anything they wish, as long as the moniker does not interfere with the child’s best interests. After parents register their child's birth certificate, the registrar will notify legal officials of any questionable names. The family may then be taken to court and ordered to change the child's name.

In the past, there have been a number of these reported instances. Just last year, a French court banned the names Nutella and Strawberry. The infants were then alternatively named Ella and Fraisine, respectively.

While banned names in France have often made the news, it is not the only country with unusual names. In the U.S., for instance, “Game of Thrones” monikers such as Khaleesi and Daenerys have quickly risen in popularity since 2013. Similarly, parents have also begun to name their children after “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader. The moniker Anakin is now in the top 1,000 baby names in America.

Other bizarre names of 2014 include Billion, Dagger, Common and Royaltee.


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