Australia has fairly liberal naming laws compared to some nations of the world. Provided a name isn’t offensive, too long or an official title or rank, Australian parents can basically choose nouns, adjectives, nicknames, names from the natural world and unisex names.
But as The Sun reports, other countries aren’t quite so relaxed when it comes to their rules surrounding baby names. In fact, many popular British names, such as Tom or Kate, are completely off-limits in some of these nations.
So how would Australia’s most popular names fair if we had the same rules as these countries? Take a look…
Last names as first names are not permitted in Norway, Germany and Denmark
First names that were recently exclusively used as last names are hugely popular in Australia, especially for boys. In Norway, Germany and Denmark this is a big no-no. Just look at this huge list of Aussies faves (plus their rankings) that would be banned if we had this rule.
Unisex names are banned in Denmark, Iceland, Portugal and Germany
If Australia had the same rules around unisex names as these four countries, we’d sadly lose a bunch of gorgeous names.
In Malaysia, babies cannot be named from the natural world
In 2006, laws were passed in Malaysia that tightened up control on what Malays could name their babies. Not only can you not name your baby after animals, insects, fruit, vegetables or colours, you also may not use names of gods with negative connotations, or models of Japanese cars.
If we had this rule, popular Australian names would be off-limits and it would particularly affect the girls with all those flower names we love so much.
No nicknames allowed in Portugal
The Portuguese government keeps an 80-page guide to which baby names are accepted. On the banned list you’ll find the likes of Aiden, Ashley, Charlotte and Dylan amongst others.
Another rule is that babies must be given full names, so you cannot give your child a nickname or abbreviation as a name. That would rule out these Australian chart-topping favourites.