These 11 Baby Names are Banned in Massachusetts
Massachusetts certainly has some strange laws and we've covered many of them in previous articles. You can check out 31 Strange Massachusetts laws by going here. In addition to some of the strange laws that are still on the books in Massachusetts, other laws do seem to make some sense including naming laws.
Back when my daughter was born which was right at the beginning of the pandemic, my wife and I knew exactly what we wanted her first and middle name to be (Hannah Sadie). There was no question or last-minute hesitation on what to name our baby girl. We had Hannah's name planned out for weeks. Hannah's first and middle names are perfectly legal according to Massachusetts law. However, there are some names that are banned in Massachusetts which is good to know.
There are Some Strange Names Out There but are They Illegal in Massachusetts?
Of course, there are many celebrities who have children with unique names. Take Nicholas Cage for example. He's a Superman fan and he named his second son Kal-El Cage. Though this name is off the beaten path, it would be legal to name your child Kal-El in Massachusetts. You also have magician/actor Penn Jillette who named one of his children Moxie CrimeFighter. Again, a bit odd but this would be legal in Massachusetts. Then you have Elon Musk whose third child is named X Æ A-12. In Elon's case, this name wouldn't fly in Massachusetts. Why? According to Baby Name Quest, the Bay State has a law where only letters found on the standard English keyboard may be used in baby names.
Which names are Illegal in Massachusetts?
In addition to X Æ A-12, there are 11 other names that are off the table when it comes to naming your Massachusetts baby. As a matter of fact, these 11 names are not just illegal in Massachusetts, but they are illegal across the entire United States. Here we go:
Naming a Massachusetts Baby Any of These 11 Names is Illegal
So, there you have it. The 11 names that are listed above, plus names containing any letters that aren't on a standard English keyboard are off-limits when naming a Massachusetts baby.
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