Don't call him Dummy: Odd Names in the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - "Dummy Ruiz?" "Dear
Pineapple?"
A judge says such names should be a no-no in this Caribbean
country where parents also have been known to model their
children's identities after car brands and cartoon characters.
Mazda Altagracia, Toshiba Fidelina, Seno Jimenez (Breast
Jimenez), Querida Pina (Dear Pineapple), Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz)
and Querido Familia Perez (Dear Family Perez) are among the unique
names listed in the nation's civil registry.
Some give the nod to famous personalities: Winston Churchill de
la Cruz and Ernesto Che Perez, for example, the latter a reference
to the late Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.
Others, such as Rambo Mota (Rambo Pot), reflect a potential
reverence or fondness for drugs.
Central Electoral Commission judge Jose Angel Aquinas has
submitted a proposal to ban any names that could be confusing or
give no indication of gender.
Vulgar names, those having more than three words or those
difficult to pronounce (unless they are of children born to
foreigners) should also be banned, Aquinas said.
The commission is expected to consider the proposal sometime
this year although no date has been set. Aquinas was out of the
country and unavailable for comment.
A second judge has suggested that instead of banning strange
names, civil registry officials should explain to parents the
consequences of choosing and using them.
Judge Aura Celeste Fernando said in a statement Tuesday that it
is not prudent for the government to have the final say on names
parents give their children.
Venezuela sought a similar crackdown on odd names two years ago,
although officials later rejected the proposal because they said it
could violate "the right to liberty."


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