I was reading news from a newspaper today, which I admit was medieval of me, when I came across an article about baby names. It had been inspired by "celebrity couple" Jordan and Peter Andre's latest urchin and future crack addict, that they had chosen to name Princess Tiaamii. Special. The article consisted of an interview with Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Brilliant Book of Baby Names. It was the usual stuff;
Do you think the pretense and predetermined ridicule these names force upon children will ultimately lead to their gin-addled demise?
But then I read something that made my very heart cheer!
Is it true some countries have rules on what you can name your child?
Yes. The trend for unusual names is only in America and the UK where you are free to pick whatever name you like. In France the law prevents you choosing a name that will make your child "a subject of ridicule". It's a law introduced by Napoleon, perhaps because he was touchy about his own name. Recently a couple wanted to call their child Prune but the local mayor ruled it couldn't be allowed.
Common sense prevails! In France of all places? I say this because ridiculous baby names is a subject that plagues my everyday existence. I work in school admissions for the council, which means approximately 20,000 children's names pass by my eyes per annum and I can guarantee finding one total fucktard of a name each and every day, and I have to take a moment to contemplate that unfortunate child's miserable morrow. Today's name was Jerry Berry.