Royal names rejected by Government

  • 19/04/2016
Royal names rejected by Government

It doesn't matter how you spell it, it's hard to get away with calling your baby Royal.

That's according to a list of baby names rejected by the Department of Internal Affairs in 2015.

Families were kept from calling their child Royal four times last year, while Royale got declined three times, and one instance each of Royahl and Royaal.

On its own, the name Messiah was actually the most rejected, being declined seven times in the year.

The department is quick to point out there's no list of "banned" names.

Instead the Registrar-General of births, deaths and marriages, Jeff Montgomery, makes the call on a name-by-name basis.

"A name may be disallowed in one circumstance but be allowed in another," said a spokesperson for Internal Affairs.

The three reasons for rejection include: causing offence, being too long or resembling a title or rank.

This explains why the 2015 rejected list also includes King five times, Prince three times along with Sarjant, Princess, Empress, Sir, Christ, Justyce and Suprintedent among many others.

If any name is found to appear to breach one of the three rules, the family are given a chance to explain.

Of about 60,000 babies born each year, fewer than 1 percent are reviewed.

A total of 49 were rejected in 2015 according to Internal Affairs.

Some of the more interesting rejected names in 2015 included four with symbols in them, one totally blank submission, Rogue and MMMR - a Mongrel Mob acronym.