Thursday, December 24, 2009

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:

Top 10

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.


Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Every single girl's name in that list ends in a vowel.

When I was at school, it was proven that the biggest bitches in the year had names ending in the letter E: Chloe, Phoebe, Zoe, Skye et al. I'm sure many of them went on to become world class alpha-mums.

At least they are spelled in the regular way, and there don't appear to be too many stripper names in there. Let's face it, if you name your daughter Krystal (with a K), don't complain about it later.

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