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French Judge Tells Parents They Can't Name Their Child "Nutella"

It's way too late for Kanye's baby, but a sane judge has saved at least one unfortunately-named kid from a lifetime of mockery. A family court in Valenciennes, France ruled that a couple could not call their 4-month-old daughter "Nutella" because it was contrary to the girl's interest and "can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts." Since the otherwise excellent parents failed to show, the judge renamed her "Ella," which thankfully bears no ties to this community of freaks.

The French newspaper La Voix du Nord noted that a similar case was heard this month, wherein the parents wanted to name their kid "Fraise," which is French for "strawberry." The court was having none of that, either, and settled on the similar-but-actual name of "Fraisine."

The reason these New Age parents had to contend with a judge is because in France, birth certificate registrars are required to notify the local court if a name seems against the baby's best interest. If a judge decides it crosses the line, he/she can ban the name and force the parents to pick a new one. While we know this would never fly in America because #freedom, we can't help but think Marsha Mallow out in Grand Rapids would be a big fan of this legal system.

Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and plans to name her son Mycroft to build character. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.