Did you know that a Swedish couple tried to name their child “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116” (pronounced Albin) as a protest to the Naming law in Sweden?
The Naming law in Sweden is a law which requires approval of the names given to Swedish children. The law was enacted in 1982, primarily in order to prevent non-noble families from giving their children the names of noble families.
Parents Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding submitted the 43-character name in May 1996, claiming that it was “a pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic creation.”
The parents suggested the name be understood in the spirit of’pataphysics, but the court rejected.
The parents then tried to change the spelling of the name to A (also pronounced “albin”). Once again, the court refused to approve of the name, citing a prohibition on one-letter naming.
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There was another interesting case in 2007. Michael and Karolina Tomaro fought to have their daughter named “Metallica”, after the metal band.
Tax officials determined that the name was “inappropriate”, but the Göteborg County Administrative Court ruled in March 2007 there was no reason to block the name, stating that a Swedish woman already uses the middle name Metallica.
Tax officials did not agree with the decision and denied the parents a passport for their daughter, but later withdrew the objection.