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Court Rules French Couple Not Allowed To Name Daughter Liam

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A court ruled that a French couple can’t name their daughter Liam because it could potentially cause future gender issues for the child, the Daily Mail reported Monday.

The court in Morbihan, Brittany, argued that naming a girl Liam is against the best interests of the child, who was born in November. The parents must choose a new name or let the judge decide a proper name, reported the Daily Mail. The prosecutor argued that the masculine name could cause social issues for the child due to gender confusion.

This is not the first time France has banned names in the Brittany region. Other parents previously tried to give children names in the native Breton language, such as Derc’hen and Fañch. The name Derc’hen was banned in January after previously banning Fañch in September. Prior to 1993, parents were forced to choose a name for their child from a list by authorities. Former French President François Mitterrand overturned the ruling to give parents more freedom in name choices.

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France previously banned other names including Nutella and Fraise (Strawberry).

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