Personally, our family's naming taboos, weren't taboos, per se, just bad ideas: no soap opera characters and no awkward Google results. For example, India was on the kid's prenatal shortlist until I Googled "India Allen." [What can I say, I was a missionary in Japan in 1987, and thus did not see her centerfold.]
And while I knew about the Jewish tradition of not naming kids after living relatives, until I read Bruce Lee's Wikipedia page, I had no idea there was a Chinese naming taboo, too:
Lee's given name Jun-fan was originally written in Chinese as 震藩, however, the Jun (震) Chinese character was identical to part of his grandfather's name, Lee Jun-biu (李震彪). Hence, the Chinese character for Jun in Lee's name was changed to the homonym 振 instead, to avoid naming taboo in Chinese tradition.Is this what you people talk about when you get together for lunch on Christmas Day?
The Chinese naming taboo entry, meanwhile, focuses on the Emperor, and how no one was permitted to use the Emperor's characters for anything, upon pain of death. Sounds complicated, especially when the Emperor's name contained a totally common everyday character. [Imagine the chaos if Cheney had ordered the country to stop not only naming their kids Dick, but using the word dick at all. OK, maybe not the best example.]
Anyway, the Emperor's long gone. Are there other actual taboos people are using these days? Are these different somehow from the generally bad idea?