If you're having a baby in France, you might want to forget calling him “Prince William”.
Or “Mini Cooper”, for that matter.
Parents in Perpignan, southern France, tried both names on their son and daughter this year, but French officials stepped in, claiming the names would only lead to a childhood of mockery, reported L'Indépendant.
(Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry tour a building site in Manchester. Photo: AFP)
While the names are yet to be officially banned, the deputy prosecutor objected to the names called on the court judges to make a decision under article 57 in civil law that allows judges to over rule parents' choice of baby names “in the interests of the child”.
It might seem unfair to the parents of France's “Prince William” (who presumably has been renamed something more in accordance with the law), especially considering names like Tarzan, Mowgli, and Khaleesi (from Game of Thrones) have all got the green light.
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Strange baby names have been a phenomenon in France ever since 1993, when a law change meant parents didn't have to choose names from a long list of “acceptable” options.
And since the law change, judges have been forced to step in on a number of occasions.
This year has already seen bans on the names Nutella and Fraise (which is French for Strawberry), along with a slew of others.
(French court bars parents from naming children Nutella and Fraise (Strawberry) Photo: Esimpraim/Flickr)
For those who like to play it a bit safer, Wednesday saw the annual rankings of the most popular baby names in France for 2015 revealed in Le Parisien.
The newest edition of “L'Officiel des Prenoms” found that Léo was the most popular boy's name in France, knocking Nathan off the top spot where it's been for the past three years.
And for the girls, Louise came in top, knocking Emma off its five-year ruling. Lèa, in tenth place, spent almost ten years in top spot before Emma, and might just see a resurgence as the career of actress Léa Seydoux continues to soar.
(Léa Seydoux. Photo: AFP)
The top twenty names for girls
19. Adèle, Rose
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The top twenty names for boys
20. Gabin, Maël
Stephanie Rapoport, author of the ranking, uses trends drawn from official registry data to predict the names parents will choose in the year ahead.