And why can't we name our son Allah?
Unless you're filthy rich and able to give your offspring a childhood sheltered from peer teasing you're probably going to opt for a name that's not too unusual. The most common Australian baby names for 2008 were:
Boys: Jack, William, Lachlan, Joshua, Riley, Thomas, Cooper, Oliver, James and Ethan.
Girls: Mia, Chloe, Isabella, Charlotte, Emily, Ella, Olivia, Sienna, Ava and Sophie.
Child-hating parents do choose less typical names, however:
In the latest battle over what people may legally call their children, the Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket) has ruled that the parents of a two-month-old boy in Skåne in southern Sweden may not call their child Allah.
Other names picked by Swedish parents seeking to doom their children: Metallica, Google, Q, Token and Michael Jackson.