Re: banned names #general


I had written

==I believe that France has/had a similar policy, allowing a person to have
only biblical names, names of Catholic saints, and a few native ones.
Naturally, Jews gave their children one of the approved names for registration,
and their choice of names for the home and for the synagogue.
In a message dated 4/3/2005 11:11:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:
Sorry, such a situation did not happen in France during the years of the "Laws
for the Jews" application (Statuts des Juifs) in 1940-1944.

==Nothing to be sorry about that! Mathilde.

==But I wasn't writing about wartime nor about laws against specifically Jewish
names. As far as I know, France for many years had a list of what first names may
be registered for a French newborn, of any or no religion. For all I know, that
law is still in force. That means that the fanciful names like King Michael II,
MorningDove, Rainbow, and Thunderclap, once favored by American rockers and
hippies, would not be acceptable under this French law. Nor would Moish (but
Moise's OK), Yankl (but Jacque's OK), or Yente (but Gentile's OK)

==Similarly, I believe that many registrars of birth in the USA are instructed
not to accept first names like Stinkwort, Ugliness, or Armpit.

==In brief, there are names that are shunned by those of good taste or common
sense, and others that are banned by the state or the county

Michael Bernet, New York

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