Why It’s Illegal to be Named Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116

Why It’s Illegal to be Named Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116

Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 — it’s pronounced “Albin” — was born in 1991 to parents in the small town of Varberg, Sweden. It caused a problem because, in 1982, Sweden enacted what a “Naming Law” which regulates what first names are acceptable for children born within its borders. The law states, in part (and translated into English): “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.” According to Wikipedia, the law was originally intended to prevent commoners from taking the names of nobility, but it also ensnares other names as well. B-11116, let’s spell it, was one of the more notable examples — and one of the more flagrant violations of the Naming Law.

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