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Friday, October 08, 2004
  Naming Paco (update) : From the NYT:
In Denmark, a country that embraces rules with the same gusto that Italy defies them, choosing a first and last name for a child is a serious, multitiered affair, governed by law and subject to the approval of the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs and the Ministry of Family and Consumer Affairs.

At its heart, the Law on Personal Names is designed to protect Denmark's innocents - the children who are undeservedly, some would say cruelly, burdened by preposterous or silly names. It is the state's view that children should not suffer ridicule and abuse because of their parents' lapses in judgment or their misguided attempts to be hip.
We're still in the process of naming Paco--scheduled for arrival in Feb. 2005--so it was with special interest that I read the above-quoted article, on Denmark's naming regulations. I understand what the people of Denmark are going for here. I do.

By the way, names recently approved by the Denmark government: Leica, Benji, Jiminico and Fee. Recent rejections: Jakobp, Bebop, and Ashleiy (on spelling grounds); Monkey, Pluto, and Anus (on grounds that are, hopefully, obvious).
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