'Dummy Ruiz,' 'Dear Pineapple' OK as bid to ban unusual names fails in D.R.
Gracias a Dios! Finally the Law overcame unreason and the Dada Poetry that is Caribbean Naming Practices has prevailed. Little Mazda Altagracia will get to keep her name. But....which is of the two is the more unusual? The ubiquitous brand name or the religious moniker?
See my post for the original article on these fabulous names from the DR
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, May 8th 2009, 2:50 PM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A judicial panel says Dominicans are free to name their kids "Dummy Ruiz," ''Dear Pineapple" and other unusual monikers if they choose.
The Central Electoral Commission has rejected a proposal to ban any names that could be confusing or give no indication of gender, such as Querida Piña (Dear Pineapple) and Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz).
Judge Jose Angel Aquinas had called for a crackdown on unusual names after the country's civil registry showed some families were naming their offspring after cartoon characters and car brands. One family named their girl "Mazda Altagracia."
But the commission said Thursday it is not appropriate for the government to dictate what parents name their children.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2009/05/08/2009-05-08_bid_to_ban_unusual_names_fails_in_dr_.html#ixzz0FVDq3A8f&B