Nearly a quarter of baby names declined by the Department of Internal Affairs in 2020 featured the word "Royal".
The Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages has just released the rejection list.
Roya Ltee, Royal, Royal-Blue, Royal-Reign, Royalty, Royalty-Rain, Royele-Blue, and Royell are among the 44 names shot down.
The guidelines make sure names don't cause offence, are a reasonable length, and don't resemble an official title or rank.
Nobody tried to call their newborn Covid-19 ... but it would've been rejected anyway, in case it causes offence.
Rejected names 2020
- Roya Ltee
- Saint Cali
This article was first published on the NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.