Royalty, a theme among baby names refused for 2021

King, Prince and Saint once again make the list of first names refused for 2021.

Without a Covid baby, a turbulent year 2021 does not appear anywhere in the list of the 78 first names revealed by the Registrar General, births, deaths and marriages each year.

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

“It’s good to give your baby a creative name, as long as the name doesn’t cause any offense and it meets the guidelines,” says Registrar General Jeff Montgomery.

The guidelines also ensure that names are of reasonable length and do not unduly resemble an official title or rank.

If a name or a combination of names does not appear to meet the criteria, it may be reviewed by the Registrar General. The family has the opportunity to present their reasons for the name, and these can 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% of babies have their names personally taken into account by the Registrar General.

Tips to make sure you can register your baby’s name:

· Avoid official titles, using numeric characters or anything unpronounceable, like a backslash or punctuation mark.

· Rethink bad words.

· Limit the name to a maximum of 70 characters.

· Register the baby’s birth using the SmartStart website. It is the fastest and easiest way to register a birth.

Below is a list of names refused by the Registrar General in 2021. For a full list of the most popular baby names and to learn more about registering your baby, go to SmartStart.

Denied names

. [in
Baron 1
Chief 1
Commodore 1
Crown 2
Duke 2
Eva-queen 1
General 1
Isis 1
IV 1
Kalyn-King 1
King 8
King James 1
Kyro-King 1
Majesty 1
Major 2
Marchioness 1
Mayger 1
Mesiah 1
Messiah 3
Mrs 1
Prince 5
Princess 1
Princess Reign 1
PrincessVaga 1
Prynce 2
Pryncess 1
Thug 2
Royal 2
Royal 2
Royaleliza 1
Royal-Haze 1
Royalrouge 1
Royal 1
Royal t-shirt 1
Royalties 4
Holy 1
Holy 6
Sainte-Aura 1
Shaleina-King 1
Sheriff 1
Souljah 3
Sovereign 2
Sovereign Messiah 1
Tovia-Justyss 1
Total 78

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