We’re 15 years into the 21st century, so we should be used to odd names and weird yet unique spellings. But two parents in Europe are taking the name game up a notch, actually wanting to call their daughter Nutella.

It sounds ridiculous to many, including the French court, which isn’t allowing the parents to do so. Their reasoning? The hazelnut spread name would make the girl a target to bullying in the future.

The judge said the name “is contrary to the child’s interest to have a name that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts.” The parents did not show up for the court hearing, so the judge ordered they drop the first three letters and name her Ella.

Honestly, it’s probably for the best. That kid would have been bullied once she was older. At the same time, it’s surprising the government can actually intervene when it comes to baby names. And apparently, these things happen in France every once in a while.

French citizens haven’t always had the privilege in giving their children any name they desire. This freedom didn’t come about until 1993. And since then, there have been several cases surrounding baby names.

One couple wanted to name their daughter Fraise, which is strawberry in English. A judge didn’t allow this, also claiming the child could be teased in the future. Instead, the girl was named Fraisine, which was popular in the 1800’s.

There was also a father who tried stopping French car makers Renault from using the same name as his daughter, Zoe Renault.

Local prosecutors have the power to report any name they deem to be unsuitable to the family court.

Let’s all hope that parents here in the U.S. don’t decide they love the name Nutella. I don’t know if I could handle my future kids and grandchildren telling me what Nutella, Katniss, North West, and South East did in school that day.

Do you think the French government was right in banning the name Nutella? Let us know in the comments below.

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