What to name a child? In Italy, a court can decide

Seems Italy has a law preventing parents from naming their children with what they consider “ridiculous or shameful” first names to protect them from being teased or hindering him from developing “serene interpersonal relationships”.

This article, written in Dec 2007 By Philip Pullella caught my attention as it outlines one families battle to name their son Venerdì (Friday) which happened to be the weekday he was born on. They case went to tribunal where it was decided he should instead be called Gregory because he was born on that saint’s feast day and ruled he be registered as such.

(Reuters) – An Italian court has ruled that a couple could not name their son “Friday” and ordered that he instead be called Gregory after the saint whose feast day he was born on…

You can view the original article here.

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