Aussie Social Media Influencer Unveils Name For Baby That's 'Possibly Illegal'
Naming your baby can sometimes be a full-on experience.
Do you go for something traditional? What about naming your son or daughter after a favourite grandparent? See something on your brunch menu that you thought would be amazing for a baby?
There are so many options out there but eventually parents agree on something and then the kid is stuck with it (unless they go through the process to change it). But one Australian social media influencer has revealed her struggle over the name of her fourth child.
Claire Alexander-Johnston, who boasts more than 110,000 followers on Instagram, has posted a photo of her newborn.
In the caption, the Byron Bay blogger wrote: "Welcome to the family Citizen Sage Alexander-Johnston.
"Sorry this naming business has taken so long! We had a bit of a curveball when we announced your name to our family, as someone pointed out, it's possibly illegal to name you that in Australia, as it falls loosely under the category of 'title' like 'King' 'Duke' 'Lord' or 'Captain'.
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"We tried to change it. 'Disco' even came back into play! But nothing else felt right for you as a Libra, with a [very sensible and grounded] Capricorn moon. So Citizen you are, and always will be- a Citizen of the world. And amazing Sage - burning, cleansing, and healing.
"And in Ancient Greece- a wise man [but you know, no pressure]. And look, if you have some rough teenage years, and you just wanna hang in the garage punching bongs with 'Benji and the crew', you can always roll out 'Zen' as a nickname, and I'll bring you all snacks and we'll get through it.
"Because I'm already so proud, and so in love with you Citizen Sage. You complete me. Welcome to the family, we're so glad you're here."
Claire isn't wrong when she said it's illegal to name your child anything that could be considered a title.
Citizen is a tricky one because it's technically not a title but is a generic name that places use everywhere like John Citizen.
Clearly any legal hurdles have been overcome otherwise Claire wouldn't have put up the post.
If you're worried about any other rules when it comes to naming a child, you need to make sure the name isn't obscene or offensive, it cannot be established by repute or usage, it can't be too long, it can't contains symbols without phonetic significance, such as an exclamation or question mark, and it won't be approved if it's contrary to public interest.
Featured Image Credit: Claire Alexander-Johnston/Instagram