A Judge Ordered A French Couple To Change Their Baby’s Name, But Why?

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a French couple was ordered to change their baby's name
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With celebrities giving their children more and more obscure names, it shouldn’t be too uncommon to see oddly named children popping up everywhere. Everyone is trying to make their kid unique and different, so traditional names are going out the window. But sometimes it backfires. Like this — a judge in France ordered a couple to change their baby’s name because it was supposedly too weird.

a French couple was ordered to change their baby's name

Okay, but what made the name so weird? I mean, Blue Ivy is a weird name, and so is North West. So what made the law get involved in this baby’s name?

They tried to give a “boy’s name” to their daughter.

a French couple was ordered to change their baby's name

The couple wanted to name their daughter “Liam,” and apparently that was too much for the French courts. The French prosecutor was concerned that the name “would be likely to create a risk of gender confusion.” The prosecutor then asked that “the child (be given) another name chosen by the parents and, failing that, by the judge.”

a French couple was ordered to change their baby's name

The main reason for the confusion is that France doesn’t have too many gender-neutral names. Most words in French, and names, have male and female equivalents. This could supposedly lead to confusion for society.

a French couple was ordered to change their baby's name

Up until 1993, French parents had to choose a name for their baby from a list of acceptable names. 

Can you imagine any of this flying in America?