Well, this is certainly interesting

Several folks say that when it comes to having children one of the most important things you can do is give them the right name. Of course, over the years certain names have fallen in and out of popularity, but I suppose there is something to be said about having a strong name.

Growing up a Mark Twain fan, for years I was totally set on naming my firstborn son "Huckleberry", then I met my wife and she told me "Absolutely not" and that was pretty much the end of the discussion.

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So are there actually baby names that are banned in Montana?  Well, that depends on who you ask. According to US birth Certificates, there is a list of names that are banned in the United States, meaning you can't name your kids one of the following:

  • King
  • Queen
  • Jesus Christ
  • III
  • Santa Claus
  • Majesty
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Messiah
  • @
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Here's where it gets a little confusing, according to another source Montana has a different set of rules.  The website The Bump claims that:

"Montana has no rules on baby names, but its data system doesn’t allow for special symbols. If a parent wants to use a symbol, once they receive the birth certificate, they can write it in and send it back to the vital records office for approval."

So which is it? There doesn't seem to be a definite answer. The truth is, most folks won't ever have to worry about picking a name that may or may not be banned.

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Oh, and just in case you were wondering what the most popular baby names are in Montana?  It seems that William and Olivia take the top spots, followed by Henry and Charlotte.

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