Couple Banned From Naming Their Newborn Baby Vladimir Putin

by : Niamh Shackleton on :
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A lot of parents want their child’s name to be memorable, but this couple took things to new extremes.

For those struggling for inspiration, they might choose to name their baby after a family member, film character, or celebrity; but instead of Aurora, Moana or Ariel, these parents tried to name their baby after Russian President, Vladimir Putin.


The unnamed pair from Laholm, Sweden, were denied the request to name their son after the Russian president, however, as newborn babies‘ names have to be approved by the nation’s tax agency.

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Part of Swedish law states that a baby’s name ‘shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name’, as per Swedes in the States.

With this rule in mind, the tax agency denied their request to name their son after the Russian politician, but it failed to outline which part of the law the suggested name had violated, Mirror Online reports.


Despite the rejection, apparently there are already 1,413 men named Vladimir in the country, but less than two named Putin.

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This isn’t the first time someone has been denied naming their child what they wanted to in Sweden; there have been reports of other names such as Ford, Allah, Pilzner, Michael Jackson, Token and Q being refused as well.

The couple who tried to name their son Ford – Joeseph Kendrick and Ingrid Bergstrom-Kendrick – chose the name because they found it on their family tree.


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Joeseph explained:

We wanted to give our child an older name, a traditional one from my family. So we looked through my father’s family tree and found Ford there. We thought that name was really cool and wanted to bring it back.

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However, the tax agency rejected their paperwork and claimed Ford sounded too much like the family‘s surname.


Despite the agency’s rejection, Joeseph and Ingrid have apparently continued to call their son by their chosen name, even without official approval.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Life, Babies, Baby, family, Name, Sweden, Vladimir Putin


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