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Some baby names are illegal in Montana: here are some examples

Expecting a “little bundle of joy?” Have you thought about what to name the addition to your family? Naming your child can be difficult. This is the name your child will live with all their life. Granted, they’ll likely get plenty of nicknames along the way. Their “legal” name is the one they will see on all their mail and taxes.

Did you know there are laws about naming your baby?

It’s true. Each state has different laws regarding your child’s name. Some are actually quite bizarre.

For example:

  • In Arizona, your child’s name cannot exceed 141 characters. So basically your kid’s name can’t be longer than a tweet.
  • In Nebraska, you cannot give your child an obscene name. So I guess “Poop Factory” is out of the question?
  • In Florida, if both parents cannot agree on a name, the State of Florida will name the child for you.

Some baby naming rules cover the entire United States. According to, certain first names are prohibited in the United States.

For example:

  • King
  • Queen
  • jesus christ
  • III
  • Santa Claus
  • Majesty
  • adolf hitler
  • Messiah
  • @
  • 1069

As for here in Montana, the naming rules are pretty lenient. There aren’t a ton of things your baby can’t name.

According to

Montana has no rules on baby names, but its data system does not allow special symbols. If a parent wishes to use a symbol, once they receive the birth certificate, they can write it down and send it back to the registry office for approval.

So, unlike Nebraska, Montana residents can name their baby “Poop Factory”, but not “#P00PFACT*RY?” Maybe just stick to the popular names?

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five Girls’ first names are listed for each state, along with the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael have only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper makes the top five for 22 states.

Curious to know which names are trending in your home country? Keep reading to see if your name makes the top five – or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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