Baby names you weren’t allowed in 2021

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King, Prince and Saint made the list of declined baby names in 2021.

During an eventful 2021, there were no baby Covids on the list of 78 declined baby names, revealed by the Registrar-General, Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Following on from last year’s trend, Royale, Royaleliza, Royalred, Royalt and Royalty are among the names declined.

“It’s fine to give your baby a creative name, as long as the name isn’t causing any offence, and it fits within the guidelines,” said Registrar-General Jeff Montgomery.

The guidelines also make sure names are a reasonable length, and don’t unjustifiably resemble an official title or rank.

If a name or combination of names appears to fail the criteria, it can be reviewed by the Registrar-General.

The family has an opportunity to present their reasons for the name, and these may be accepted by the Registrar-General, on a case-by-case basis.

Of the nearly 60,000 babies born in New Zealand each year, less than 1 per cent of babies have their name personally considered by the Registrar-General.

Tips for ensuring you can register your baby's name:

  • Avoid official titles, numeric characters or anything unpronounceable, like a backslash or a punctuation mark.
  • Rethink swear words.
  • Limit the name to no more than 70 characters.
  • Register the baby's birth using the SmartStart website. It's the quickest and easiest way to register a birth.

The list of names declined by the Registrar-General in 2021:
Baron - 1
Chief - 1
Commodore - 1
Crown - 2
Duke - 2
Eva-Queen - 1
General - 1
III - 2
Isis - 1
IV - 1
Kalyn-King - 1
King - 8
King-James - 1
Kyro-King - 1
Majesty - 1
Major - 2
Marquise - 1
Mayger - 1
Mesiah - 1
Messiah - 3
Ms - 1
Prince - 5
Princess - 1
Princess-Reign - 1
PrincessVaga - 1
Prynce - 2
Pryncess - 1
Rogue - 2
Royal - 2
Royale - 2
Royaleliza - 1
Royal-Haze - 1
Royalred - 1
Royalt - 1
Royal'Tee - 1
Royalty - 4
Saiint - 1
Saint - 6
Saint-Aura 1
Shaleina-King - 1
Sheriff - 1
Souljah - 3
Sovereign - 2
Sovereign Messiah - 1
Tovia-Justyss - 1
Total: 78

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