January 27, 2005

Something We Can All Agree On: These Swedish Parents Are Crazy

In 1996, as a protest to a court order to register an official name for their new child, a Swedish couple named him Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 Hallin. They said it was "a pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic creation." And that it's pronounced "Albin." The court rejected the name and fined them.

Swedish baby name, not [via Wikipedia Unusual Articles]


While I am not Swedish, nor have I ever been Swedish, I have to take exception on behalf of Swedish parents everywhere. Making sweeping generalizations about mental stability based on creative name choice is judgmental and intolerant. Shame on you. Clearly, crazy Swedes are not welcome here on DaddyTypes. You are so÷HAUGHTY÷

I am half Swedish.....and this instance was a protest against the very strict state registration of names. The state, at one point...not so long ago....gave parents a list of names to choose from, and then, if they didn't find the name they liked, they lobbied for a different one.
Things like this are moderated in Sweden, its very socialistisk and in this way, we have preserved a cultural heritage of sorts. Things have changed.....but you can see Swedish Baby names here:

No, it's true. I posted about the strict Danish and German name registration system before.

I think that the real problem here was that it was a Finnish name.

FWIW, Asdf etc. was on our short list.

Well, I drove 2 hours each way to and from Finland to be able to name my child Absfdhshhhhsssssjjjjjjffff, so I don't know why everyone else doesn't do it too!

Any more word on when the Cameleon is coming out? A friend is having a baby in a few months and I'm wondering if it's realistic for her to wait until the last minute and try to pick up a barely-used Frog from UB garage sale. Me, I'm stuck with the same lame old Mac for this next kid...


The Cameleon won't be out until the end of the year in the US. This was confirmed to me by Bugaboo NL and US.

Believe it or not, we are battling with the Swedish IRS (the bureaucracy that grants one's passport and assigns the social security #, thus has the authority to accept or reject one's birth name) right now about our baby's first name. It's unbelievable how conservative they are considering our baby's name was among the top 1000 baby names in the US in the early 90's. Incidentally it's a name of Dutch origin.

We have gone through the first round of petition but was rejected. Now the matter is in the court's hand.

Yeah, we thought the system was absurd and the whole baby name petition thing was hilarious too (see NYT article from last November) until it happened to us!

I can see why a person might try to name their kid in this manner but the parents need to realize children are small, and he may be picked on because of the odd name.

I am that child. Beleave it or not.

Another funny thing is that in my first passport it said that my name was "Icke namngivet gossebarn" which means something like "not named little boy" (not very well translated, i konw...)

However now my name is Albin Gustaf Tarzan Hallin, mostly called Albin.

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