||Lily (Authenticated as Destry)
||June 20, 2012 at 1:57:45 PM
||ditto... by RoxStar
Actually most people in Germany are pretty sick of naming laws. Why? Because they don't make sense. There is, of course, no list with names that are acceptable - there are just too many names out there. So it is in the power of one person to decide whether a name is acceptable or not.
Just some examples, they have allowed names like Windsbraut (it translates as 'bride of the wind' in German and sounds really silly), Wolke (it means 'cloud' in German), November and Tiger.
I have a friend who lived in Bavaria which is more conservative and she wasn't allowed to name her daughter Zoe, because the person who was in charge thought it was weird (he was very religious and for some reason only wanted to accept biblical names). She had to go to court.
One person gets to decide and when you're not happy you have to complain or you might even have to go to court. And some people will allow ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous while others will not let you use perfectly normal names. Oh and most of them will allow anything. At least I've never known anyone personally who didn't get to use a name, except for the person who wanted to use Zoe. A friend of a relative has a daughter named Lulu-Lana and I also know a Nina-Nena (Nena is pronounced more like NAY-na in German, but still) so naming laws don't help anyone.
I also know a family, three boys and a girl. The boys are all named Hans but go by their middle names. Oh and there is this law that you have to be able to tell the gender by looking at a name, so if you name your kid something unisex you need to use a feminine/masculine middle name so that people can be sure of the gender. They don't really care about that either. I know a female Noel (no middle name) and a male Kim (also no middle name).
I'm fluent in German so I read some articles on the internet.
I think naming laws are just plain stupid, to be honest. They also remind me of Nazi Germany when there was a pretty short list people were encouraged to choose from(I think only a couple of hundred names), mostly Germanic names, and they kept Hebrew names off the list except for the very well established ones that were already used in Germany a lot at the time such as Hanna.
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