(Reuters) - What's in a name? In northwestern Mexico, officials say potentially a lifetime of bullying, so parents in the state of Sonora can no longer opt to name their children Scrotum, Terminator, USNAVY or Facebook.
The 61 banned names include technology-inspired monikers like Twitter and Yahoo, fictional characters Harry Potter, James Bond and Rambo and surgical terms like Circumcision.
Children will also be spared being dubbed Virgin, Hitler, Email, Burger King, Christmas Day, Robocop and Rolling Stone.
"It's about protecting children," said Cristina Ramirez, the director of Sonora's Civil Registry. "We want to make sure children's names don't get them bullied in school."
Ramirez anticipates the list will expand in future as officials discover more objectionable names.
(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Simon Gardner and Cynthia Osterman)
Do you agree with the name bans?
Only group members can vote in this poll.
20% - Yes. A child shouldn't have to live with a name because their parents are idiots.
80% - No. As silly as those names are, it's a parents right to name their child.
I am on the fence about this. Things like scrotum and Hitler I get why they would do that but naming a kid after a character in a book seems a little overboard. There are so many people that name kids after characters in books and movies or historical people and musicians. Why would it be illegal to name a kid Harry Potter but not Ender?
This would not even be a problem if children where give some control of their lives as children so they can make the stupid mistakes then on small things instead of the big important things later as adults. Besides if you hate your name you can legally change it when you are an adult, I know because I considered changing mine when I was younger!
I didn't vote because I don't think it is right for the government to make those stipulations but on the other hand I don't think it is a parents right to name their child it is just something they do because we all need to have a name. I personally think that every child should be able to chose their own name once they are of legal age.
Ok... So while I don't think those names should be banned, per se, I think it might be a good idea to kind of check up with people who name their kids scrotum, f*cker, sh*thead, a**hole, etc... as I can't imgaine they'd be the best parents.
This is just crazy. No. The government should never be allowed to stop an adult from naming their child. I have a somewhat normal name and I was made fun of through out my childhood because. of it. Did I like that? No. Did I come home crying and asking why kids could be so mean? Yes. Did I understand it? No. But I made it through my childhood. Do I have some residual effects from that? Meh. Probably. Do I let that control my life and my decisions? For the majority, no, I don't believe so. The whole deal with growing and maturing into adulthood is to realize that as you become the afult, you put down the processes of childhood and pick up the processes of thinking and behaving as an adult. History has shown that trying to make so many diverse personalities think exactly alike just does not work.
I don't think that stupidity should be allowed to be passed on but who am I to decide for someone else what the defining thoughts/definitions of what stupid really means?