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  •  There are countries that have lists of (6+ / 0-)

    legally acceptable names... I know someone who had to pick his name (as he transitioned) off a sanctioned list.  But he still got to pick one.

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    by cai on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:35:17 PM PDT

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    •  Really?! What countries are those... (1+ / 0-)
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      .... and do you have examples of "legally acceptable names" from those countries?

      If the problem is fitting long names into databases, hire a new database programmer.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 11:14:39 PM PDT

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      •  Germany had a law like that, or so I've been told. (8+ / 0-)

        What I was told was that a name given to a child had to be a "real" name. I don't know if they maintain a list of valid names or not, but when you register the baby's name it can be denied. The woman who told me about this said that she had a cousin who's name had been denied because it was a foreign name that wasn't recognized by the person registering the name. However, "real" names from elsewhere are permitted, so they just had to give evidence that it was in use elsewhere and it was allowed.

        Recently, I asked a different German friend about it and he said that they can indeed refuse to allow certain names but they rarely do so and it's based on whether or not they think the name will be harmful to the child.

        Both of these accounts are second hand through people who are not experts in the subject, so I don't know the exact legal situation.

        •  OK, "harmful to the child" is legit. (6+ / 0-)

          For example the white supremacists who wanted to name their boy Hitler.  

          Or the parents with serious substance problems who recklessly conceive in the middle of a binge and want to name the kid after their favorite drug, whether it's Tequila Sunrise or Meth or whatever.

          That kind of stuff really does have the capacity to subject a kid to a lifetime of unpleasantness, and it shouldn't be up to the kid to have to undo, at age 18 or later and with all of one's childhood records & database entries to deal with.  

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:12:14 AM PDT

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      •  Japan is one though the list is incredibly (2+ / 0-)
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        large.  But then again this is the country where not only do some people get their computers blessed/purified but there is actually a specific shrine dedicated to doing so (and no I am not kidding, it is the Kanda Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo).

        There is no saving throw against stupid.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:56:02 AM PDT

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      •  Denmark, and it has to do with traditional (0+ / 0-)

        Danish names.

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        by cai on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:14:08 PM PDT

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    •  I read a story once of a Norwegian man (2+ / 0-)
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      who wanted to change his name to Harley Davidson; being a big fan of the bikes and all, but he had to settle for Harley Davidsen in order to be a legal Norwegian name.

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