In other news, it's almost name-nerd Christmas!! On Mother's Day the new name statistics for the US for the previous year are usually released. When they are, I'll post them here in a comparison with the most popular German names. In other name news, the German Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that people can't have triple or higher hyphenated last names. From the article:
The United States, of course, does not have naming laws of any kind - anything is fair game for a first or last name - and I doubt they ever would. It would not suit the American attitude. ;) As a consequence of our naming freedom, we have a reputation for using weird, wacky, and meaningless names. (My parents did a good job, though. Thanks guys.)
Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim, a Munich dentist, wanted to take the last name of her husband, Hans Peter Kunz-Hallstein, to become Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim-Kunz-Hallstein. The case brought Germany’s minister of justice before the court in Karlsruhe for oral arguments in February to defend the ban on what the Germans call “chain names.”
By a vote of five to three, the court refused to budge, ruling that ballooning names “would quickly lose the effectiveness of their identifying purpose,” and declined to overturn the law on the grounds that it infringed on personal expression.
In a telephone interview, the couple’s lawyer, Rüdiger Zuck, said his clients had no comment on the ruling, but added, with what sounded distinctly like a note of resignation, “The Germans are old-fashioned.”
Germany takes a highly regimented approach to naming. Children’s names must be approved by local authorities, and there is a reference work, the International Handbook of Forenames, to guide them. Jürgen Udolph, a University of Leipzig professor and head of the information center there that provides certificates of approval for names that have not yet made the official list, said that “the state has a responsibility to protect people from idiotic forenames.”
I've had this in my head all week. Note: you need a high tolerance level for annoying music to click this.