Couple in France banned from calling their daughter Liam

Choosing a baby name is hard enough but this couple were banned from using their preferred choice.

A French judge has ruled that naming a baby girl Liam could cause gender confusion and has therefore banned the parents from doing so.

The couple, who are choosing to remain anonymous, live in Morbihan, Brittany. They were reported to the court after they named their daughter Liam, a traditionally male name.

Unsurprisingly, Liam isn’t top of the top baby names 2018 list but it’s not the most unusual baby name we’ve ever come across.

Once notified, the prosecutors formally stepped in and said the parents could not choose this name. According to The Sun, the court said it ‘would be likely to create a risk of gender confusion’.

They added that it was ‘contrary to the interest of the child’ and could cause harm in social situations.

The judge has been asked to force the parents to choose a different name for their daughter. According to publication, the mother had already been told to choose a more feminine name by the registrar.

The parents are now thought to be seeking legal assistance and have postponed their daughter’s baptism until the naming controversy is settled.

This is not the first time French prosecutors have stepped in to challenge unusual names. According to The Local, French parents were forced to name their baby from an official list of ‘prenoms’ until 1993.

Choosing a name for your baby is a tough decision

If French officials deem a name to be against the interest of the child, they still hold the power to ban the name.

Forbidden names include: Mini Cooper, Prince William, Deamon, MJ, Manhattan and Nutella.

What do you think about the parent’s choice of name? Should they be allowed to call their daughter what they want or were the French prosecutors right to step in? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!