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Parents prevented from naming their child 'Nutella'

Another couple were prevented from naming their child ‘fraise’ (strawberry).

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PARENTS IN FRANCE have been prevented from naming their child ‘Nutella’.

A judge ruled that such a name would not be in the “best interests” of the child and that it could leave them open to mockery.

In a similar ruling, reported by French news website The Local, another couple was prevented from naming their child ‘Fraise’, which means strawberry, as it similarly would have made the child’s life more difficult.

Naming laws 

This occurred in Valenciennes, an area in northern France. ‘Nutella’ and ‘Fraise’ shall now be known as ‘Ella’ and ‘Fraisine’ respectively.

In France there are laws in place that put restrictions on the naming of a child.

Since 1993 parents have been free to name their children whatever they wish so long as the name is not seen to contradict the interests of the child.

Prior to that parents were restricted to a pre-existing set of names which were deemed acceptable.

Any name? 

What do you think? Should parents be allowed to name their children whatever they like?


Poll Results:

 Yes, as long as it doesn't interfere with the child's welfare (2117)
 No - there should be rules, it isn't the parents that have to live with it (1903)
Yes, it's their child, it's up to them (532)



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