It's Internet-old news, this case in New Zealand family court where a custody dispute for a 9-year-old girl included the judge's order that precludes the parents from naming her Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. [Horse out of the barn, Your Honour, she's nine!]
I'd have posted about it sooner, but I've been waiting for the court to respond to my request for a full copy of the judge's published findings on mockable baby names. It ain't coming. So here's an unpersuasive selection of names, as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald:
Number 16 Bus ShelterSex Fruit, I understand, but what's wrong with Benson? And why is Brooklyn fine, but Detroit is not? And I've even heard from readers in Seattle who know a kid named Shelter. Frankly, the judge and/or the NZ government seems like a meddler. Whatever brings a kid into his courtroom, I'm sure being called Stallion is the least of his problems.
Benson and Hedges (twins)
O.crnia [changed to Oceania at the judge's order]
and the following unregistered [i.e., not officially recognized?] names:
Fish and Chips
Masport and Mower
Keenan Got Lucy
Anyway, it turns out Eugene Volokh is a fan, an armchair litigator of odd name law. He did a brief roundup in Slate of various cases, with a little background and legal reasoning for each. No babies mentioned, but in 2003, at least three PETA activists changed their names to some totally random URLs they don't even own. Crazy.
Talula Does the Hula a no-no name: judge [smh.com.au via dt reader ponch]
Talula Does the Hula From HawaiiAnd other names so weird that judges forbade them. [slate]