Venezuelans like odd baby names

Filed under: Just For Moms, Just For Dads

Naming your baby is a big deal. You get one chance to get it right and whatever you choose will stay with that child for the rest of his or her life. Or at least until they are old enough to legally change it. Which, by the way, Ellie says she has every intention of doing. She wants to be a Chloe or a Megan.

In Venezuela, parents have a tendency to give their children unusual names. Like Superman. They make up names like Leomar or mix up the spellings of ordinary names to come up with monikers like Jhonny. In fact, the unusual naming of children is such an issue in Venezuela that the The National Electoral Council had proposed a bill banning the practice of giving children unusual names. The bill was not approved by the National Council, but had it been, parents would no longer have been allowed to give their children "names that expose them to ridicule, are extravagant or difficult to pronounce." Or leave doubt as to whether the child is a boy or a girl.

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, is known for being a bit heavy-handed when it comes to the affairs of that country, but some of the citizens thought the ban was a good idea. "I agree with putting limits on people who don't have a sense of the ridiculousness," said 58-year-old Alfredo Blanco.

Others feel it is a parent's right to name their child whatever they choose and the government should butt out. What do you think? Do unusual names make life harder for kids? Should their be restrictions on naming children?

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