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Baby Names Banned in Australia

These Baby Names Were Actually Banned in Australia After Parents Tried to Use Them

Gone are the days of an entire classroom full of Michaels, Emilys, and Nicoles. In recent years, out-of-the-box baby names — think common names with unusual spellings, unique names that don't appear in the baby books, and names that are nouns you'd use in everyday conversation, not to call someone over — have been on the rise. Most of the newer, trendier names are harmless, only requiring a bit more attention to detail when learning how to spell or pronounce them, but in Australia, it seems as though their issues with baby names go beyond spelling Nicole as Nichoulle.

A list of banned baby names was recently released by the Victorian government to outlaw monikers that may come off as offensive or obscene (spoiler: Kim and Kanye would've had to choose a different name for their son!). Each of the 46 names on the state's list were names that parents had actually tried to give their babies at some point, and join a short list of names that were banned nation wide in Australia in 2015.

Although most of these names are pretty ludicrous, there are a few — such as Duke, Bishop, and Saint — which may not be common in the US, but are certainly used here and there. Scroll through to see the other baby names that are currently off limits Down Under.


Names Banned in Victoria

  1. Admiral
  2. Anzac
  3. Australia
  4. Baron
  5. Bishop
  6. Brigadier
  7. Brother
  8. Cadet
  9. Captain
  10. Chief
  11. Christ
  12. Commodore
  13. Constable
  14. Corporal
  15. Dame
  16. Duke
  17. Emperor
  18. Father
  19. General
  20. God
  21. Honour
  22. Judge
  23. Justice
  24. King
  25. Lady
  26. Lieutenant
  27. Lord
  28. Madam
  29. Majesty
  30. Major
  31. Messiah
  32. Minister
  33. Mister
  34. Officer
  35. Premier
  36. President
  37. Prime Minister
  38. Prince
  39. Princess
  40. Queen
  41. Saint
  42. Satan
  43. Seaman
  44. Sergeant
  45. Sir
  46. Sister

Names Banned in All of Australia

  1. Bonghead
  2. Chow Tow
  3. D***head
  4. G-Bang
  5. Ikea
  6. iMac
  7. Maryjuana
  8. Medicare
  9. Ned Kelly
  10. Panties
  11. Ranga
  12. Scrotum
  13. Sh*thead
  14. Smelly
  15. Snort
  16. Thong
  17. Virgin
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