20 Jul '11, 9am

NZ bans bizarre baby names via @cmswire

If you wish to name your new bundle of joy Lucifer or Messiah, you can't be living in New Zealand. -- PHOTO: REUTERS IF YOU wish to name your new bundle of joy Lucifer or Messiah, you can't be living in New Zealand. Giving such names to new-borns has effectively been banned by the country's names registrar after it knocked back odd requests from three parents, reports The Herald Sun. The country has also ruled out names that use punctuation marks, such as full stops, asterisks, and virgules. The new ruling comes after it was revealed that parents have named their twins 'Benson and Hedges' - after the famous cigarette brand, and other names such as Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter. One little girl was so traumatised by her name, 'Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii', that she had it legally changed at age nine, said the paper. -- THE STAR/ANN

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