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.
- 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 usbirthcertificates.com, certain first names are prohibited in the United States.
- jesus christ
- Santa Claus
- adolf hitler
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 babynamequest.com
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?
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