Skip to comments.German town won't let parents name their child 'WikiLeaks'
Posted on 04/04/2014 11:02:51 AM PDT by JoeProBono
PASSAU, Germany, - A German town has ruled that a couple cannot name their newborn after Julian Assanges online baby.
An eight-month resident of Passau tried to name his baby Wikileaks, after the popular whistle-blowing website, but he was turned down.
Officials in the city failed to approve the babys name when journalist Hajar Hamalaw tried to slip it past them.
"We were very disappointed after the rejection. Hundreds of people across the globe were allowed to use the name of Barack Obama's dog for their child, but I can't use WikiLeaks?" Hamalaw told NBC News.
The 28-year-old called his son Dako on the birth certificate instead.
"This is not only a simple name for me -- it has a big meaning. WikiLeaks has changed the world," Hamalaw said. "For my family, the name is a synonym with transparent truth. My two-year-old daughter is called 'Diya,' which translates to 'Light of Truth.'"
In the past, names like McDonald, Woodstock and Peppermint have been rejected because German parents are banned from naming their children after towns or brands.
In an initial information session, we told the family that we would have to reject the name based on similar assessments in recent court rulings, said Passau Town Hall spokeswoman Karin Schmeller.
How about Diaperleaks?
the wikileaks name would doubtless be shortened to Wiki for everyday use
Diaper as a nickname is far superior
Let's hope she doesn't have a twin nammed Rea...
Good thing BO PLENTY didn’t live in that town.
Wonder if they would have let ‘Sparkle’ fly?
Wait... I know that this is Germany...
But the government can tell you what you can name your child?
Well, maybe that isn’t a bad idea. Maybe we should try that here in the USA.
We have way too many Shaniquas, LaQuandas etc.
Michelle *is* a fairly common name, however ....
This is Germany, and they do get the option of approving names. It is more like “Approve” or “Reject” rather than telling you that you have to name your child “Edith” or “Fred”.
My Sister-In_Law (A German National) tried to name her son “Sayid” many years ago, and they said, “Nein”. She settled on Stefan.
Life is like that.
The child will someday be grateful to this court.
Unfit parents, obviously; sympathies to child.
I’d start with no apostrophes in a first name. I don’t care where you want us to pretend to think you’re from.
There is a list approved names in Germany. This guy is either an Ausslander or an idiot.
At least there are some sane people somewhere!
He’s obviously a mudslime.
Yeah, that’s one example of a person that likes their strange name, versus millions that hate theirs. Life’s also probably much easier to live with a strange name when you grow up a celebrity’s kid in Hollywood.
I wouldn’t want the government deciding what I could call my kids. Not this government, anyways. Just wait until names that are even slightly Biblical are not allowed.
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