A New Zealand couple have been blocked by authorities in their bid to name their baby son ‘4real’.
Pat and Sheena Wheaton decided on the name after glimpsing him for the first time during a scan, reports Metro News.
But they have been told that ‘4real’ can’t go down on the birth certificate because numerals are not allowed.
Mrs Wheaton told TV One: “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.
“With this name, everyone knows what it means.”
But when the parents tried to file 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.
Registrar-General Brian Clarke said in a statement: “The name has not at this stage been rejected. We are currently in discussions with the parents to clarify the situation.”
New Zealand law requires all children to be registered within two months of birth and the baby will be registered as ‘Real’ if no compromise is reached.
I think that parents forget that their child will have to live the rest of their lives with this name. While it sounds good just after giving birth, 4real may not be the best name for a child on the playground or an adult who is a bank manager…