In the United States, you can name your kid almost anything. There is one tiny guideline that you may not know about naming your baby in America, though.

That is nothing compared to some of the strict rules that other countries have for parents on naming their children.

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    Germany

    You can't name your baby something that doesn't clearly indicate the gender. (i.e. Casey, Wyatt)

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    Norway

    Parents cannot name a child that is traditionally a last name. (i.e. Russell)

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    France

    In France, Napoleon outlawed names that might subject a child to ridicule.

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    Sweden

    First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name

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    New Zeland

    "You can’t use names that are generally titles or honorifics, like Prince, King, or Princess, which are becoming more popular in the U.S", according to Yahoo.

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    United States

    "According to UC Davis law professor Carlton Larson, in Massachusetts, each name (first, middle, and last) must be shorter than 40 characters each for computer input reasons. And many states require using only the 26 letters of a standard keyboard", according to MentalFloss.

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    Denmark

    Parents have to choose from a list of only 7,000 pre-approved names. "If you want to name your child something that isn't on the list, you have to get special permission from your local church, and the name is then reviewed by governmental officials", according to MentalFloss.