Last week you could find our ‘Chanel‘ post about people who are choosing trademarks as children names. Also in France, this happens sometimes but the authorities have taken a clear position against this type of names. At least, against the name Nutella.
Nutella was the name that parents recently gave to their daughter. However the French court rejected this name as this name is known as the famous hazelnut pasta trademark. According to the court, it was not in the best interest of the child as this name could lead to “teasing thoughts”. So, no Nutella but Ella (the current name of the girl).
In France, it rarely happens that names are being rejected. It happened to the name fraise (strawberry) though. This girl was renamed as the name might lead to strange situations (in rude French fraise is used in “ramène ta fraise” which means something like “get over here”).
Incidentally names are refused in other countries as well, like Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 in New Zealand and Ikea in Sweden.
So, please do a trademark search first before naming your child!
Source: Washington Post
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