Aussie state rejects name change to Coke

Dec. 12, 2008 at 8:24 PM
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BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Authorities in Australia's Queensland state have rejected a good many names proposed for humans in 2008, including Gummy Bear and Coca Cola, they said.

Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine said that while all of the rejected names were from adults seeking to change their official monikers, they are subject to the same rules as parents naming their children, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported Friday.

"Parents are able to decide their own spelling when choosing a name for their baby, however in Queensland there are certain regulations governing what the name can be," Shine said. "You cannot choose a name which includes an official title or rank ... it also cannot be a trademark, or consist of or include symbols without phonetic significance."

While several bizarre adult names were rejected, a few babies in 2008 were allowed to keep their less traditional names -- including three girls named after Hermione from the "Harry Potter" books.

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