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New Zealand Mum Names Kids After Heavy Metal Bands

Want to guarantee your kids will stand out from the crowd? Take a page out of this mum’s book and name them after three of the heaviest bands in the world. Pantera. Metallica. And Slayer. 

I mean, if those aren’t the most hardcore names you’ve ever heard, I don’t know what are! 

‘It’s not easy raising three of the heaviest bands’

Writer, David Farrier from Webworm discovered the mum on Facebook and shared two birth certificates confirming the names. The eldest is Pantera. The middle child – a girl – is Metallica and the youngest bub, Slayer. All she’s missing is Slipknot. Maybe for Baby #4?

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When David contacted the mum, whose name is not mentioned, she told him, “Thank you, it’s not easy raising three of the heaviest bands.” What a response! 

But, of course, it gets even better because you’ll notice that Metallica’s middle name is And Justice for All, one of Metallica’s record titles. 

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Heavy, but not banned

One of the questions David asks is HOW did she get away with this? I mean, aren’t there rules and regulations in place for naming babies after bands?

According to the Registrar-General, Jeff Montgomery:

There are no restrictions on naming babies after bands or albums as long as the word used is not generally considered to be offensive and does not resemble an official rank or title.

This particular baby was registered in 2009 by the previous Registrar-General.  A similar application made today is likely to also be approved.”

Slayer is in. Queenie is out

There are a few baby names that are banned to use in New Zealand. Below are a few of the names banned in 2019: 

  • Ford-Royal
  • Queenie
  • Gunner
  • Queenmerry
  • Justice
  • Queeny
  • Justyce
  • Rogue
  • Kyng
  • Royall
  • Lord
  • Saint
  • Majesti
  • Sur
  • Major
  • Syre
  • Pope

Like Australia, New Zealand won’t allow baby names that cause offence or resemble a title or rank. For example, you’ll need to rethink swear words, names of more than 70 characters, numerals or anything unpronounceable, like a backslash or a punctuation mark.

Australia’s banned names

Some of the banned names in Australia that have made headlines over the years? 

  • PrinceofZion 
  • The Greatest 
  • 7
  • Bonghead 
  • G-Bang
  • Snort
  • Hitler
  • Ice-T
  • Panties
  • Thong
  • Show Tow
  • #ROFL
  • Blank Space
  • D*ck Head
  • Medicare
  • Maryjuana
  • Ikea
  • Spinach
  • Batman
  • LOL

You can check out a few more banned names here.

Why anyone would want to name their kid Bonghead is beyond me! But, hey, the world is a weird place. And baby names bring out the weirdest of them all.

Check out this kids’ name – it’s literally just a bunch of consonances’ strung together and somehow, it got accepted! Go figure. 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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