Naming our baby after a favourite food is nothing new. Cherry, Olive, Plum, Basil and Brie are all valid names that you wouldn’t think twice about. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin caused quite a stir when they called their daughter Apple, but we have to admit, it doesn’t sound quite so outlandish now as it did way back in 2004.
So what if your favourite food is something a bit less fresh produce and a bit more supermarket aisle… such as Nutella? Not acceptable, it seems.
A couple in France tried to name their baby daughter after the gooey chocolate-hazelnut spread – but were stopped by a French court. Unlike parents in New Zealand, French parents are usually free to choose their children’s names – but local prosecutors can report any ‘unsuitable names’ to a family court.
The judge in Valenciennes ordered the parents call their daughter Ella instead. “It is contrary to the child’s interest to have a name that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts,” he pronounced.
Of course, the parents will still be free to nickname their daughter Nutella at home, or maybe even Nutty (although that may be her name for them in years to come…)
In a similar case, another French couple from Raismes were refused permission to call their child Fraise (Strawberry). The judge ruled that the baby girl would be teased. The baby instead was renamed Fraisine, a name popular in the 19th century.
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