Thursday, September 06, 2007

More Name Calling

So first there were baby name consultants, then there was name branding, and then followed choosing names by their Internet-related content.

And then there are the crazy, out-of-control names. It's such a fascinating thing to read about parents who, being denied naming their son "4Real", settled on "Superman" instead. Or the couple in China who named their son "@" (In Chinese, it's pronounced "ah-te" which roughly translates to "love him."

But in Venezuela, names have gotten so complicated that the government has decided to get involved. This isn't so surprising, since a fair number of countries have "name approval" processes, such as Sweden, New Zealand, and Germany. But Venezuela wants a list of 100 approved names for everyone to choose from. Sure, that would cut down on names like "Iroshima Jennifer Bravo Quevedo" or "Hitler Adonys RodrĂ­guez Crespo," but a simple list of 100 names would suddenly flood the market with duplicates.

Which is worse? Having to spell out "Temutchin del EspĂ­ritu Santo" every time you go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, or having to explain that you're a different Manuel Martinez?

1 responses:

mice said...

I think when the government tells you what you can and cannot name your kid it is time to get a new government.

Even if that does mean some child is named Enterprise.


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