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21 June 2007 10 Comments

N.Z. couple can’t name their son ‘4real’

Associated Press, June 21, 7:45 AM EST

New Zealand authorities have blocked a couple’s bid to officially name their new son “4real,” saying numerals are not allowed.

Pat and Sheena Wheaton said they decided to name their new baby “4real” shortly after having an ultrasound and being struck by the reality of his impending arrival.

“For most of us, when we try to figure out what our names mean, we have to look it up in a babies book and … there’s no direct link between the meaning and the name,” Pat Wheaton told TV One on Wednesday. “With this name, everyone knows what it means.”

But when the parents filed the name with New Zealand’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, they were told names beginning with a number were against the rules.

The government office has opened negotiations with the parents about the name under a policy that says all unusual names must be given case-by-case consideration.

“The name has not at this stage been rejected,” Registrar-General Brian Clarke said in a statement Thursday. “We are currently in discussions with the parents … to clarify the situation.”

Clarke said the rules are designed to prevent names that are “likely to cause offense to a reasonable person.” Satan and Adolf Hitler were proposed names that have been declined, he said.

If no compromise has been reached by July 9, the baby will be registered as “real,” officials say.

New Zealand law requires all children born in the South Pacific nation to be registered with the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry within two months of birth.


  • Dara said:

    I could be wrong…but these people have got to be black. in which case what the hell are they doing in new zealand? bring your ass to america, you can name your rugrat whatever you want.

    for example, a friend of mine works with kids and came across a student named “De’Ja’Vu.” ridiculosity. in my opinion, excessive commas are also offensive to a reasonable person. but hey, we’ve got bigger fish to fry ’round these parts.

  • Julian said:

    My mom is a therapist and one of her old client’s name was Tagina (pronounced Ta-geen-a). She was named after her mother, Regina, and decided to name her daughter Vagina. True story.

  • Ginneh said:

    I had a client named Jodeci. Not hard to figure out he was conceived to ‘forever my lady’.

  • Julian said:

    I went to high school with a girl named Kareema Wheat.

  • Aaliyah said:

    kareema wheat? you’re such a liar.

  • Julian said:

    I swear. Her father’s name is Kareem.

  • quinci said:

    the kareema claim is true! i also attended high school with her.

  • Dara said:

    i just came across a woman named mys’ele, pronounced missile.

    patriotism, anyone?

  • Ginneh said:

    dara, saw the family on the news, and they’re not black. thank god.

  • shelby said:

    i know a boy named innocent. wait, are we all trying to outdo each other?

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