An Australian journalist who thought she would try her luck with submitting a truly wild name for her newborn has been left shocked after it was approved.
ABC presenter Kirsten Drysdale, 38, recently welcomed her third child with her husband Chris.
However, when it came to naming their son, Kristen decided to see if she could push the boundaries and go for a out-there choice.
Much to her amazement, the name she submitted – Methamphetamine Rules – was approved.
While offensive terms are prohibited by the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the name somehow got through.
A few weeks after giving birth, the birth certificate arrived, with Methamphetamine Rules listed as the newborn’s given name.
The whole affair came about after Kristen thought she’d use her own child to help during research for her programme, WTFAQ, which aims to investigate the answers to viewers’ burning questions.
After the question ‘What can I legally name my baby?’ came up consistently, a then heavily pregnant Kristen was trying to decipher what the Registrar default names a child if the parents’ first submission was rejected.
After hitting roadblocks while trying to get a clear answer from the government department, as she was about to give birth, she decided to try her luck.
‘We thought, what is the most outrageous name we can think of that will definitely not be accepted?’ she told news.com.au.
‘Methamphetamine Rules we thought would surely get rejected, and then when it does, we can find out what name the Registrar chooses.
‘It was really just a light-hearted, curious attempt to get an answer to this question.’
However, she was understandably surprised when her online submission that listed her son’s fake name ended up being approved ‘very quickly’.
‘I don’t know how it slipped through,’ she said.
‘I’m not sure if someone was overworked, or if it was automated somewhere.
‘Or possibly, maybe they thought Methamphetamine was a Greek name. They haven’t really given us a clear answer.’
After the fact, the Registrar admitted it was a rare oversight, and the baby’s real, ‘normal’ name is set to be approved soon.
However, Kirsten said that she wasn’t going to be publicly disclosing ‘Baby Meth’s real name’, joking she didn’t want it to be attached to this story.
‘It’s a beautiful name and I can tell you has nothing to do with class A drugs,’ she explained.
‘We think it’ll be a very unique 21st birthday present to tell him this story.’
A spokesperson for the government department also told the publication they’ve ‘strengthened’ their system to avoid something like this ‘highly unusual event’ happening in the future.
They added: ‘The vast majority of parents do not choose a name for their newborn baby that is obscene, offensive or contrary to the public interest.’
Swear words, sex acts and slurs of any kind are blacklisted, as are official titles such as Doctor, Queen, King and Prime Minister.
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