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Parent's not allowed to Name their child 'Friday'

Italian parents were told they were not allowed to name their son ‘Friday’ because it recalled the servile savage in Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe.  Superstitious Italians also consider Friday to be an unlucky day.

The Italian court has ordered the child’s parents to call him Gregory after the saint whose feast day he was born on.

The boy’s mother said.  "I am livid about this." A court should not waste its time with things like this when there is so much more to worry about."

"My son was born Friday, baptised Friday, will call himself Friday, we will call him Friday but when he gets older he will have to sign his name Gregory, and I really doubt this would have happened to the child of parents who are rich and famous," the boy's mother told Reuters, recalling that some famous Italians had given their children unorthodox names such as "Ocean" or "Channel."

"I think it is ridiculous they even opened a case about it," the family's lawyer, Paola Rossi, told Reuters by telephone from the northern city of Genoa Tuesda.

Friday/Gregory Germano born in Genoa 15 months ago was registered as Friday in the city hall and he was even baptized as Friday by the family priest.

The odd name was brought to the attention of a tribunal by a city hall clerk when the boy was five months old and the parents were then informed of an administrative norm which bars parents from giving “ridiculous or shameful” first names to children.

The tribunal pointed out that it was shielding the child from being the butt of jokes and it suggested the name could hinder him from developing ‘serene interpersonal relationships.

The boy’s parents appealed against the ruling but lost the case earlier this month.

Mara Germano, the boy’s mother said that they had named him Friday because they liked the sound of it and would have used the same name even if their child had been a girl.

Naming a Child in Venezuela

The current law in Venezuela has a similar measure saying registry authorities should not accept names that would expose children to ridicule. 

The National Electoral Council in Venezuela proposed a bill to clamp down on parents giving their offspring bizarre names that could cause them embarrassment and scorn as they got older. 

If the new bill had been passed by the National Assembly it would have allowed authorities to refuse parents registering their children extravagant or difficult to pronounce names.  A list of traditional names that could be offered to parents to provide options would have been made available but after child protection official’s warning that it will take away people’s right of liberty, Venezuelan officials withdrew the proposal.

Names used in the past have been Edigaith, Mileidy, Leomar and Superman.

Some Venezuelans think it makes sense to crack down a bit.

'I agree with putting limits on people who don't have a sense of the ridiculousness,' said 58-year-old office worker Alfredo Blanco.

But 27-year-old housewife Mariana Gonzalez said she thinks it is no one's business except the parents how they choose to name a child: 'Before all else should come common sense.'

Chinese Baby called ‘@’

A Chinese couple wanted to name their baby ‘@’ because they said the character echoes their love for the child. 

The baby’s father said "The whole world uses it to write email, and translated into Chinese it means 'love him’.”

Since this episode government officials in China have announced a ban on names using Arabic numerals and foreign languages.

Football Teams in Names

Here in the UK, some parents have gone one step further and named their child after every member of their favourite football team and film stars give their babies such names as ‘Apple, Starlight, Summer or Moon’.  Names that nowadays don’t cause people to lift an eyebrow because it seems anything now goes.

The most popular boys name for the past 11 years is ‘Jack’ whilst girls’ names appear to be reverting back to the older generation in Ruby, Grace and Mildred making fresh appearances although Jessica seems to be the most popular girls name still.

Whatever name you choose for your child, it will no doubt have been given a great deal of time and a lot of consideration by both parents.