Australian names are traditionally patrilineal, whereby children are given their father's family name. However, this is not an enforced custom. Some parents may choose to give their children a hyphenated surname that contains the family name of both parents (e.g. Jack Samuel WILSON-ADAMS).
You can choose to take a joint surname which is a combination of both of your surnames. For instance, if Jane Citizen married John Smith you can take the surname Citizen-Smith or Smith-Citizen. It's your choice whether to use a hyphen or space between the surnames and in which order the names should appear.
Australia's Child Naming Regulations
The surname, by law, has to take the surname of the parents, while the given name and middle name are at the parents discretion. Some parents adopt the maiden name of the mother to be the child's middle name.
In the video — which has more than 3 million views — the mom explains she originally wanted to call the baby “Commodore” — but she discovered it was a banned name in Australia because it is the title given to a high-ranking naval officer.
For example, religious titles for a first name such as Saint, Bishop, Goddess, Father, Sister or Pope, and the complete names of religious figures such as 'Jesus Christ', 'God', 'Satan', or 'Dalai Lama', are prohibited names.
"Illegal in Australia"
"Originally we wanted to call him Commodore, but that's illegal in Australia." (FYI, it's a banned name because Commodore in this country refers to a very high-ranking Navy official.) "So, we called him Holden Commodore.
The 'family name', known as a 'surname' or 'last name', is inherited from one's parents and shared with other members of the individual's immediate family . Australian names are traditionally patrilineal, whereby children are given their father's family name. However, this is not an enforced custom.
This is a doctrine based on the patriarchal assumption that a father's surname would deepen the family institution or provide children with more financial security later in life. Or, it is the easiest way to ensure the family name's legacy.
More than 106 million people have the surname Wang, a Mandarin term for prince or king. It's not too surprising that the top surname is Chinese, as China has the world's largest population. As of 2022, it was home to 1.45 billion people, or 18.5 percent of the world's total.
Australian shepherds, or Aussies as they're affectionately called by lovers of the breed, are whip-smart and rambunctious dogs fit for adventurous, active pet parents.
“The name 'Nutella' given to the child is the trade name of a spread,” the court's decision read, according to a translation. “And it is contrary to the child's interest to be wearing a name like that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts (sic).”
Examples of Illegal Baby Names in the US
While certain states have stricter naming laws, a few states, such as Kentucky, have none in place. Regardless of these relatively lenient naming regulations, there are still a handful of names that were ruled illegal by courts within the US. Some of these are listed below: King.
Contrary to some versions of both the 'baby talk' and 'proto-world' approaches, mama in Australia is mostly found as 'father', not 'mother', and papa is found as 'mother' in some areas.
Many Aboriginal people were known by a single or common first name and no surname – for example, Nellie, Jenny and Lizzy for women, and Bobby, Jimmy and Charlie for men. Surnames were often assigned by European employers and Aboriginal people were sometimes given their employer's surname.
Traditionally, the first surname is paternal and comes from the father, while the second surname is maternal and comes from the mother. In recent years, some countries have allowed parents to alter the order of surnames for their children, but in historical records paternal surnames generally precede maternal names.
III, Jesus Christ, Adolf Hilter, Santa Claus and @ were all ruled illegal by courts in the U.S.
"The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 (Qld) defines prohibited names as those which are obscene or offensive, cannot be practically established by repute, too long, a symbol or of phonetic significance, a title or rank or a name in the format of a statement such as 'Save Mother Earth'," they said.
In the Middle East, South Africa and Brazil, the Commodore sold as a Chevrolet. High-performance export versions followed in North America, sold as Pontiac and later Chevrolet.
The reason is it's not respectful and the person didn't have anything to do with war or hasn't been a soldier. It's not a real name. ANZAC is not a real name. It is an acronym.
For instance, we get people applying to use “Anzac” for the name of their child. They don't need permission for that.