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According To Maltese Law, This Is What You Cannot Name Your Baby

I think we all remember the Dnegel incident that was on literally every Maltese person’s lips early last year …

Picking a name for your child is a huge responsibility – one that should not be taken lightly, and people at the Malta Publc Registry know this well – which is why they have a list of rules you have to adhere to whenever you are picking a legal name for your child.

Although it doesn’t technically have a list of names which are banned, it does have five criteria parents need to follow when picking a name for their child.

  • the name cannot be less than three characters,
  • it cannot be offensive,
  • it cannot ridicule or mock the baby,
  • it should not be a common surname and
  • it cannot include any symbols.

Vincent Sladden – Senior Manager at the Public Registry, has remarked on the fact that members of the registry have had to intervene and ask parents to reconsider the name of their child. In such cases, parents are quite understanding of the situation and will come back with another name, if not decide it on the spot.

On a separate note, the most common names to come out in 2020 so far have also been revealed.

The most popular names were Noah, Liam, Jake, Thomas and Benjamin for boys, and for girls, Emma, Ella, Martina, Julia and Valentina.

So far this year, 2,200 children have been born.

Tag someone who’s having a baby, to let them know of the criteria they have to follow.