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A Swedish couple is battling the country's National Tax Authority for the right to call their daughter "Metallica", the BBC reports. In Sweden, both first names and surnames have to be officially approved. On the banned list are "offensive, unsuitable or inappropriate" titles, as well as those which might "cause discomfort for …


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  1. Des

    My wife is just as oppressive as the Swedish Tax Authorities

    My wife is due to give birth to our daughter at any moment and we have agreed to name her Sophia. Obviously I wanted her second name to be Loren after the popular Italian actress, but my wife has objected on the grounds that our daughter would be ridiculed!?!

    I find this hard to believe.

    Yours sincerely, Dave Ontopovaman

  2. Ken Green

    Parents and childrens names

    As a parent I frequently bemoan the total lack of rights that we have, against the rights of our children. But here I think their needs to be some balance. Parents should have the right to call their children anything they want, but the kids should be given the right to appeal once they reach a reasonable age. Failing that they should be able to sue their parents for naming them things like "Fifi Trivibelle" or how ever it was spelt.

    One of my Grandma's uncles was apparently christened Hugh Stink.

  3. Aubry Thonon

    Some parents should be shot.

    I am *not* making this up, I swear, I knew the guy...

    "Wayne Kerr". I always felt sorry for him, even though I met him after we both got out of Uni... his high-school life must have been Hell.

    And with a middle initial of "B", he couldn't get away from Muppet "Bunsen Honeydew" jokes either.

    Some parents *really* should be shot. Publicly.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Some parents should be shot

    I think Drew Peacock's parents should top the list because they actually managed to do it by accident.

  5. Andy Crofts

    Wayne Kerr...

    ...gets worse!

    20 years ago, I worked for this company (Based on the South Coast. Fortunately, I now live in Oulu, a helluvalong way from there now). Yes, the owner gave it that name. Yes, he also knew its implications.

    Reason? Film buff. Norman Wayne and Deborah Kerr were his fave actor/actress.



  6. cornz

    I jest you not

    Old friend of mine's mother was a dinner lady at a local school who once told us of a little lad there with the surname fanny. Wanna guess his first name?? Aaron..

    Aaron Fanny...


  7. Nicholas Moore

    At Durham University...

    ...there is a lecturer called Mike Hunt. Apparently he doesn't understand the implications of it either (although on his door he has Michael Hunt, so it could be worse, I guess).

  8. Tom Watson

    Jonny Cash had it right all along

    "And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!"

    "Boy Named Sue"

  9. Dan

    re: some parents should be shot

    The other side of Drew Peacock would be my sister's long-since ex-boyfriend's brother -

    Everard Dick

    I kid you not. Last I heard he was banged up, which is hardly surprising in the circumstances.

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