Daemon, Baby Named After 'The Vampire Diaries,' Allowed To Keep Name
In November, parents Lionel and Blandine Defontaine of Busigny, France named their son Daemon, after Damon from "The Vampire Diaries." They added the "e" to make it sound more French. Shortly after, prosecutors took them to court because under French law, names that are "contrary to the interests of a child" are banned. The prosecution argued that little Daemon's name has satanic connotations, the United Press International reports.
While the French may have had good reason to be concerned -- a recent study shows an unfortunate baby name can lead to insecurity, less education and a troubled dating life -- this week, the judge ruled in favor of letting Daemon's parents keep the name.
And even though a vampire-inspired name was considered controversial enough to go to French court, new parents in the U.S. draw inspiration from famous bloodsuckers all the time. The names of the main characters in "Twilight," Isabella (as well as variations like Bella) and Jacob, both topped the charts of 2011's most popular baby names.
That said, France isn't the only country with stringent baby-naming laws. We found six more countries cracking down on creative monikers. Here are the most bizarre names that didn't fly.
New Zealand: 'Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii'
In 2008, a nine-year-old girl whose parents gave her this "name" was put into court guardianship in New Zealand so that it could be changed. According to <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/25/newzealand" target="_hplink">the Guardian</a>, the judge also banned names including: Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit were disallowed by registration officials.
According to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/07/03/mf.baby.naming.laws/index.html" target="_hplink">CNN</a>, in Germany, rejected baby names depend on gender -- if you can't tell the gender of the child by the first name (like Matti, apparently), it's a no go.
Denmark: 'Anus, Pluto And Monkey'
In Denmark, parents must choose from a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/08/world/europe/08iht-danes.html" target="_hplink">government-approved list </a>of 7,000 names. If they want to go "off-list", they have to get permission from a local church. About 1,100 names are reviewed every year, and 15 percent to 20 percent are rejected, mostly for odd spellings.
Sweden: 'Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb111163' (Pronounced Albin)
No, not a typo. <a href="http://www.oddee.com/item_97196.aspx" target="_hplink">In 1991</a> parents actually tried this one, but were rejected because of the naming law that was originally created in 1982 to prevent non-noble families from giving their children noble names. The couple then tried the name "A" (still pronounced Albin), but were again rejected.
That's right, parents who tried to use the "at" symbol as a name were rejected. Not because of any Twitter connotation, but because under <a href="http://theproudparents.com/10-illegal-baby-names" target="_hplink">Chinese naming regulations</a>, characters that cannot be represented on the computer are outlawed.
Dominican Republic: 'Dear Pineapple'
In 2007, a judge in the Dominican Republic submitted a proposal to ban names that are either confusing or gave no indication of gender, the Globe and Mail reported. <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/new-zealand-bans-odd-baby-names-no-more-lucifers-dukes-or-kings/article2102204/" target="_hplink">Among unique names </a>used to prove his point: Mazda Altagracia, Toshiba Fidelina, Querida Pina (Dear Pineapple), Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz) and Winston Churchill de la Cruz.