A U.K. court has ruled that Cyanide is not an acceptable name for a baby.
On Thursday, an unnamed mother from Wales was banned from naming her twin daughter after the poison that killed Adolf Hitler. While the woman believed the moniker to be “lovely” and “pretty,” the court ruled that the name might bring harm to the child in the future.
The mother, who is from Powys, Wales, was also banned from naming her twin son Preacher. While this name was not considered as unusual as Cyanide, the court ruled that both monikers were not in the best interest of the children.
The issue was first brought to the court’s attention by Powys County Council social workers who learned of the twins’ names.
In court, the mother argued that she has the right to name her own children. She also noted that cyanide has positive connotations, as it is “responsible for killing Hitler and Goebbels and I consider that this was a good thing.”
“It is hard to see how... the twin girl could regard being named after this deadly poison as other than a complete rejection of her by her birth mother.”
Nonetheless, Appeal Court judges ruled that “even allowing for changes in taste, fashion and developing individual perception,” Cyanide was still not an appropriate name for a baby.
Justice Eleanor King also added, “It is hard to see how... the twin girl could regard being named after this deadly poison as other than a complete rejection of her by her birth mother.”
The twins’ three older half-siblings are now responsible for giving the kids new names.
In the U.K., parents have the freedom to choose any name for their child, as long as it is not offensive. Regarding this case, Justice King said: “This is one of those rare cases where the court should intervene to protect the girl twin from emotional harm.”
This isn’t the first time a country has banned an unusual baby name. In 2015, for instance, two French couples were banned from naming their children Nutella and Strawberry. Later that year, the French court also barred one couple from naming their son Prince William.
Baby name laws vary around the world. Flip through the slideshow below to see which countries are the strictest:
In Iceland, parents must choose a baby name from a list of 1,853 female names and 1,712 male names. If they do not, they must seek permission from a special committee. Monikers must meet certain grammar restrictions and must contain letters in the Icelandic alphabet. The names are also required to be gender specific and cannot be an embarrassment to the child. Banned: Harriet (cannot be conjugated in Icelandic) and Duncan (the letter “c” is not recognized in the Icelandic alphabet) Approved: Bambi, Elvis
All baby names in New Zealand must be approved by the government. According to CNN, they “must not cause offense to a reasonable person, not be unreasonably long and should not resemble an official title and rank.” Banned: Lucifer, King, Anal, 4Real, Messiah Approved: Benson, Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence
Swedish law requires the government to approve all baby names. The law states: “First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name.” Banned: Superman, Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced “Albin”) Approved: Lego, Google (as a middle name)
Local authorities can reject a name if they deem it inappropriate. Babies are also only allowed one given name and one surname. Banned: Akuma (meaning “devil”)
Denmark has extremely strict rules for naming children. Parents must choose from a list of 7,000 pre-approved boy and girl names. If couples want to choose a name that’s not on the list, they must first get special permission from their church and then the name is reviewed by government officials. Baby names must reflect gender and cannot be unusual. Surnames cannot be first names and generally, creative spelling of common monikers are often rejected. Banned: Anus, Pluto, Monkey Approved: Benji, Jiminico, Fee
German names must be gender obvious and cannot cause future embarrassment or ridicule for the child. Surnames, names of object or products cannot be used as first names. If the name a couple chooses is rejected by the government, parents can appeal. However, if the parents lose the appeal, they must choose a different moniker. Banned: Osama Bin Laden, Matti (sex of baby is not obvious), Schroeder, Kohl Approved: Legolas, Nemo
Parents have freedom to choose any name they wish unless the moniker interferes 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 be taken to court and ordered to change the child's name. Banned: Nutella, Strawberry Approved: Fraisine
Chinese parents are required to choose names with characters that computer scanners can read. This makes it easy for scanners to read national identification cards. Additionally, numbers and non-Chinese symbols and characters are not allowed. Banned: “@” (@ is pronounced “ai-ta” in Chinese, which is close to the phrase that means “love him.” The parents liked the meaning of this symbol)
Portuguese parents must choose a moniker from a list of approved baby names. These monikers were chosen by the Institute of Registration. Banned: Mona Lisa, Aaron Approved: Abdénago, Noel
Mexico bans names that are considered “derogatory, pejorative, discriminatory or lacking in meaning.” Their goal is to protect children from being bullied in the future. Banned: Lady Di, Circumcision, Rolling Stone