10 Baby Names in Illinois and Wisconsin That Are Illegal
You've probably heard about the story about a mother who named her twin boys Oranjello and Lemonjello, but that's actually a myth.
There was someone I actually knew in Indiana who had the legal name of Mary Christmas, but that's not as strange as the names some have tried to give their babies.
Some U.S. States Have Strange Baby Naming Laws
In New York, there are some parameters with baby names. According to The Bump, first and middle names can’t be more than 30 characters each, and the last name can’t be more than 40.
West Virginia babies must have a name only using letters from the English alphabet, which rules out umlauts and tildes.
If parents in Florida can't decide together on their baby's name, it may never have one. According to The Bump, if the legal parents of the child "can’t agree on a first name, none can be listed on the birth certificate until both parents sign an agreement or a court selects a name."
Do Illinois and Wisconsin Have Rules About Baby Names?
According to The Bump, the state of Illinois has "no restrictions on what a parent may name a child," and while no one has taken advantage of the lack of naming restrictions, you could name your baby '2-Riffic' and it would be legal in the Land of Lincoln.
Wisconsin requires parents who want to give their child a name that includes a numeral, that number will need to be spelled out.
But, even though these two states only have limited restrictions for baby names, some names have already been outlawed nationally.
10 Names You Can't Give a Baby in Illinois, Wisconsin, or ANYWHERE.
According to Quora, there are some baby names that are absolutely banned in the US, while some others are a bit surprising.
According to Quora, a Texas judge ruled that "a baby named Messiah must change his name to Martin because it’s a title that has only been earned by one person … Jesus Christ."
For obvious reasons, don't do this.
Certain states have other kinds of naming restrictions in place —mainly to protect children— such as banning the use of obscenity in names. Other naming prohibitions include forbidding names such as those of people who have committed atrocities, such as Adolf Hitler.
According to Quora, one couple "tried to name their child the @ symbol which they pronounced “ai-ta." A judge ruled yes, but the United States government ruled no.
According to a post in Quora, there was a couple once tried to name their daughter Nutella but a judge forced them to change her name to Ella.
It’s absolutely illegal to put numerical symbols in your baby’s name. You can’t for instance, name a child 1069, like someone in North Dakota tried to do.
What's the most unique baby name you've ever heard of?
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