In France it happens every so often that a court will decide that parents cannot name their children things like Nutella, Manhattan or Strawberry. While in the USA, we have people name their kids Peekaboo, Apple or Buddah and no one bats and eye, in France, it is a totally different story.
This particular story comes as Mother and Father have decided to name their daughter after their favorite singer from their favorite band. No, it isn’t any one from Bananarama. It is Liam Gallagher from Oasis and the French courts aren’t having any of it.
In France, when you name a child, you have to register the name and if the registrar has an issue with it, you are recommended to find another name. (That is the law). This anonymous mother and father decided to forego their suggestion to find an alternative name, as Liam for a girl was considered inappropriate, as it is most associated with a boy. So the registrar told them to find something more feminine.
This is truly a foreign idea, as in the USA, you hear so much about being inclusive, open minded or being unique. But the issue of this child’s name went to court when the parents decided to go against the “suggestion”. As in other cases named above, the judge in this case, told the parents that they have to change the child’s name to something more in-line with a girl.
This sounds very Draconian (and to our standards it is), but up until 1993, parents in France were only allowed to chose names from a pre-approved list. In 1993, the French President opened up the list to have a bit more freedom…but not too much, as you can tell.
What would you do, if you were told that you could not name your child the name you wanted to give them?