Welcome to the world little Methamphetamine Rules! An Aussie journo has learnt the hard way how easy it is to name your baby something utterly bizarre.
New mum and ABC journalist Kirsten Drysdale is the proud parent of a newborn baby boy.
However, his legal name is Methamphetamine Rules thanks to an oversight by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Drysdale is a presenter for ABC’s WTFAQ program which answers viewers’ burning questions.
The question: ‘What can I legally name my baby?’ came up on the program constantly.
A heavily pregnant Drysdale was researching the question for the program and decided to test the limits of what you can actually name a baby.
She filled out an online submission and bada bing, bada boom little Methamphetamine Rules was born.
“People think there’s a specific blacklist of names, but there’s not – there’s just legislation that says it can’t be obscene or offensive, too long, there are character limits, it can’t use symbols or be an official rank or title,” Drysdale told 7Life.
“But all of those things are open to interpretation by the staff at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in each state; they’re the people who decide whether the name is allowed.
“If parents submit a name that’s not acceptable, and don’t come up with an alternative, the Registrar may assign a name to the baby.”
Drysdale said she spoke to her husband about the name and he just said “your job is ridiculous”.
“I thought there was a theoretical 0.01 per cent chance of the name actually going through,” she said.
“I thought, you know, maybe catastrophic error or system failure can happen, but I really, really didn’t think it would happen.”
Fortunately little Meth won’t have to live with his Class A name for life – the Registrar admitted the naming was a rare oversight and the baby’s real ‘normal’ name should be approved any day now.
“Baby Meth’s real name … I’m not publicly disclosing it, because I don’t want it to be attached to this,” Drysdale told news.com.au.
“It’s a beautiful name and I can tell you has nothing to do with class A drugs.
“We think it’ll be a very unique 21st birthday present to tell him this story.”
In WA the Births Deaths & Marriages Registration Act 1998 that governs the registration of names.
According to the Act a name is prohibited if, in the opinion of the Registrar, it is obscene or offensive, could not practicably be accepted by society because it is too long, contains random, contextually meaningless symbols, or for some other reason (i.e., it is nonsense); or is contrary to the public interest.
Some names that previously haven’t passed muster include: Hitler, Maryjuana, @, Ranga, Jesus Christ and Medicare.
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