18 U.S. baby names that are banned in New Zealand

Banned Baby Names In New Zealand Include ‘Lucifer’ And ‘3rd’


When it comes to baby names, the New Zealand government believes that mother and father do not always know best. The country’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages released a list of banned baby names, fueling speculation about just what kind of people would try to name their child Christ or Lucifer….

Americans, apparently…….

Yes, 18 of the names on New Zealand’s banned list have been used on actual human children in the good ole U.S.A, some of the forbidden Kiwi names are actually quite popular in the U.S.:

King, 722 boys
Justice, 544 girls and 502 boys
Princess, 301 girls
Justus, 247 boys (Justus is actually an ancient Roman name, not merely a word name)
Major, 196 boys
Royal, 147 boys and 34 girls (Royale and Royalty are also used for both genders)
Duke, 146 boys
Baron, 130 boys
Honor, 98 girls
Queen, 50 girls
Christ, 46 boys
Knight, 36 boys
Majesty, 26 girls and 21 boys
Saint, 23 boys
Lady, 16 girls

Rogue, 15 boys
Lucifer, 8 boys
Master, 8 boys

Since 1995, legislation has provided a set of rules for acceptable names for New Zealanders where a name, or combination of names, should not cause offence, be unreasonably long or resemble an official title or rank. The New Zealand Register-General stresses that only names which violate the rules would be rejected, but parents should remember the child has to live with a name like that.


New Zealand isn’t the only country where you have to have your baby name approved. Sweden has also axed names like “Superman” and the inexplicable “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116.”

Of course, “name regret” takes on a different meaning when your parents actually name you after the Prince of Darkness. Maybe those little Lucifers will end up using Luke as a nickname, or move to New Zealand.