Human beings are probably the weirdest of all the creatures on earth. Recently, a Malaysian family came under fire online after people found out that they had given their children names that sounded like fruit. But, let’s get real. Humans have been naming their kids strange names for decades now. Some people just don’t understand how having an unfortunate, funny, or awkward name can be a hard thing to overcome in life.
Well, it turns out that the National Registration Department (NRD) is here to save unfortunate babies who have clueless parents. According to New Straits Times, an NRD spokesperson said that even though registration of unique names are allowed, parents are encouraged to seek their advice when naming their kids.
The department doesn’t impose strict rules or conditions over registering names, but they do provide guidelines for parents who want to give their children extraordinary names.
The guideline has two categories: objectionable and inappropriate (undesirable). The spokesperson said that the Malaysian family who named their children Dhury Yan and Rambutt’an fell under the “undesirable names” category.
“In such cases, we would advise the parents. But we will not object if they insist on registering the names. They have to provide a sworn statement saying they agreed to register the said names,” she said.
Other names that fall under the undesirable category include insects, animals and food, names synonymous with being funny (like short, skinny), weather (rain), colours and digits or alphanumerical names (names that contain letters and digits). It seems that alphanumerical names aren’t just reserved for social media passwords.
Objectionable names on the other hand are names that carry honorary titles, positions (haji, mufti, captain), professional titles (doctor, professor), and warrior names (pendekar, panglima). These names aren’t allowed to be used for naming babies.
Names with sexual references, names that carry bad connotations (malang, haram) and multiple names using aliases are also put in the objectionable category.
If parents do wish to change their children’s names, NRD gives a period of one year after the child’s birth to do so.
Expecting parents, if you’re planning on coming up with a unique name for your kids, do check the names with friends, family, and the NRD. They might spot something you missed, and save your kid a lifetime of humiliation.