One of the more difficult decisions new parents face is what to call the child. If you haven't already decided to call him Junior, you have some work to do.

It goes beyond just picking a name that you and your partner like the sound of. You’ll need to find a name that doesn’t get your child bullied at school, and that won’t make them resent you forever.

But, have you ever considered that the out-of-the-ordinary name you are thinking of calling your baby may actually be banned in America?

While the United States of America has somewhat lax naming laws, there are still some names that you aren’t allowed to use for a child. While these differ from state to state, having a numeral in your name is mostly not allowed.

This means that a name such as “Mon1ka”, wouldn’t be permissible. Unfortunately, Star Wars fans, it also means you’ll have to refrain from calling your child R2-D2 or C-3PO.

Some states also limit the number of characters that can be used, as well as the inclusion of pictograms, obscenity, foreign characters, symbols, emojis, or any offensive language.

Certain states also forbid the use of accents and/or non-English letters, which is oftentimes due to the inability of their information systems to process vital records including these characters.

According to, very few specific names are actually banned in the United States. These liberal naming laws are partly due to the fact that many courts have interpreted specific parts of the US Constitution as supporting a parent’s right to choose their children’s names.

Regardless, here is a list of a handful of names that were ruled illegal by courts to name your baby within the US....

  • King
  • Queen
  • Jesus Christ
  • III
  • Santa Claus
  • Majesty
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Messiah
  • @
  • 1069

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