The baby names NZ rejects

Naming problems ... Numbers and single letters a no-no in NZ.
Naming problems ... Numbers and single letters a no-no in NZ. 

New Zealand officials have released a list of baby names put forward by parents that were rejected because they were too bizarre or offensive, including Lucifer and Mafia No Fear.

The list of names reveals one child was set to be called Anal before the Department of Internal Affairs vetoed the proposal, while another narrowly avoided being dubbed ".".

Other names on the list included 4Real, V8, and Queen Victoria. Parents were also knocked back when trying for single letter names, or sets of initials. 

In some cases, parents appeared to have lost any inspiration for coming up with a moniker for their offspring, wanting to call the latest addition to the family simply 2nd, 3rd or 5th.

The department's rules forbid any name that might imply a child holds an official title or rank, so King, Duke and Princess were among those that had been turned down most since 2001. (This is unlike American laws, as 2011's crop of babies included Princes and Govenors.)

Justice was the most popular, having been rejected 62 times, although the alternatively spelled Justus and Juztice also failed to gain official approval.

The full list of banned names is below, followed by the number of times each has been put forward by parents.

• Justice (62) 
• King (31)
• Princess (28)
• Prince (27)
• Royal (25)
• Duke (10)
• Bishop (9)
• Major (9)
• Use of back slash between names (8)
• Majesty (7)
• J (6)
• Lucifer (6)
• Use of brackets around middle names (4)
• Knight (4)
• Judge (3)
• Lady (3)
• E (2)
• I (2)
• III (2)
• Jr (2)
• Justus (2)
• Master (2)
• Messiah (2)
• Queen (2)
• Royale (2)
• Sir (2)
• T (2)
• V (2)
• * (asterisk) (1)
• . (full stop) (1)
• 2nd (1)
• 3rd (1)
• 4real (1)
• 5th (1)
• 89 (1)
• AJ (1)
• Anal (1)
• Baron (1)
• C (1)
• CJ (1)
• Chief (1)
• Christ (1)
• Constable (1)
• D (1)
• Eminence (1)
• Emperor (1)
• G (1)
• General (1)
• Honour (1)
• H-Q (1)
• Juztice (1)
• L B (1)
• Lord (1)
• M (1)
• Mafia No Fear (1)
• Majesti (1)
• MC (1)
• Minister (1)
• MJ (1)
• Mr (1)
• President (1)
• Queen Victoria (1)
• Regal (1)
• Rogue (1)
• Roman Numerals III (1)
• Saint (1)
• Sargent (1)
• SP (1)
• VI (1)
• V8 (1)
• Queen V (1)

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