Feeds

NZ couple fight to name kid '4Real'

Are you for real?

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

A NZ couple are fighting the powers that be for the right to name their son "4Real", the New Zealand Herald reports.

Pat and Sheena Wheaton claim the Department of Internal Affairs has deployed the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995 in refusing to register the name. The law forbids "names that resemble an official title or rank, names that are unreasonably long, and names that may cause offence to a reasonable person". It also advises that parents "avoid names which would cause their child to be teased or made fun of".

The Wheatons' choice was inspired by seeing an ultrasound of the unborn infant and realising it was "for real". Pat Wheaton told the Herald: "The name has meaning for us, so why not?" He added: "If it was George Bush's child*, or the Dalai Lama's, no one would care what it was called."

His wife earlier this week explained on TV show Close Up: "For most of us, when we try to figure out what our names mean, we have to look it up in a babies book - and when you see the meaning, there's no real direct link between the meaning and the name; whereas with his name, everyone knows what it means."

The Department of Internal Affairs, meanwhile, said in a statement that it had not actually rejected the name and that "discussions with the Wheatons were ongoing in an attempt to clarify the situation". The statement added "unusual applications were considered on a case-by-case basis, according to the merits of each application and in terms of legal criteria".

The New Zealand Herald notes that names which have in the past been declined include "Satan" and "Adolf Hitler". It's not just NZ which takes a dim view of parental silliness, though. Regular readers will recall the Swedish couple who locked horns with the authorities over an attempt to name their sprog "Metallica" and the Chinese bloke who couldn't call his son "@".

In the US of A, however, proud parents regularly use their democratic right to cause their kids a lifetime of woe, as Jon Blake Cusack Version 2.0 can doubtless attest. ®

Bootnote

*That's not strictly true. People really would feel forced to comment were El Prez to name a kid "Hairy", "Burning" or "Mulberry".

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'
'I have benefited from the sacrifice of others'
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know
OMG! Gravity's totes amazeballs. Calm down, George Clooney, not your film
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ
Plus: It's OPEN WARFARE in the Linux greybeard world
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.