Nowadays, it seems like many parents are coming up with the most ridiculous names to call their children. But it turns out some of these eclectic name choices might be illegal.
That’s what happened to one mother who chose a unique moniker for her baby. Australian mom-of-four Claire Alexander-Johnson was elated to reveal the birth of her newest baby to social media. In a post she made to her Instagram account, @Jetsetmama, the proud mom revealed her son’s arrival as well as the distinctive name she’d given him.
“Welcome to the family Citizen Sage Alexander-Johnston,” she captioned the post. However, Claire went on to reveal she and her partner encountered some trouble when they informed their family of their son’s name prior to his arrival. “Sorry this naming business has taken so long! We had a bit of a curveball when we announced your name to our family, as someone pointed out, it’s possibly illegal to name you that in Australia, as it falls loosely under the category of ‘title’ like ‘King’ ‘Duke’ ‘Lord’ or ‘Captain’.”
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Let’s entitle this, ‘Never Not Wrangling’ -a rare family portrait, by @rustypostcards 📸😁🙌🏼❤️ These were taken for a magazine article my husband was in the other day, but I’m mostly just stoked that he *almost* has his eyes open in one of them. 🙏🏼😆 Apparently he is a Man Of Influence these days. He gets quoted about things, sponsors football teams and jams ideas with the Prime Minister. I’m feeling way too pregnant and tired to think about anything other than what time I can put my minions to bed, so I can deep dive into a late night icecream orgy, with a side of renovation porn. 🍿🤓 I genuinely can’t even remember if I ever had a career. Let alone what degree I allegedly did, that time. Somewhere fancy. [She says, while panicking when having to, on the spot, remember the birth dates of her own actual offspring. Or is asked to use the phonetic alphabet over the phone ...”errr D is for...Dick Pics”. #fuckmylyfe. 🤦🏻♀️] Somehow I’ve blinked, and the humble introvert I married- with no job, decent higher education, or obvious prospects- has suddenly become centre stage in this relationship. Well, how the tables have turned! But what’s the old saying?..... ”BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN, IS A WOMAN... [busting his balls about how our child’s selective hearing and shithouse concentration is probably -definitely- genetically from his side of the family, and also can you put the bins out.]” #proudwife #andbins #jetsetmamalovestory
After a loved one told the expecting couple the name could be problematic, they considered changing the name altogether. “We tried to change it. ‘Disco’ even came back into play! But nothing else felt right for you as a Libra, with a [very sensible and grounded] Capricorn moon,” she wrote, explaining the parents didn’t feel right about moving away from their original moniker. “So, Citizen you are, and always will be- a Citizen of the world.”
The Sun reports that, under Australian law, any names that are “misleading” to the public are technically illegal. “The name might contain an official title, position or rank recognised in the community that might mislead others as to whether the person holds that title or rank officially,” the law reads. Names like Lord, Lady, General, and Captain are all no-nos. So, since the moniker Citizen sounds like it might confer some sort of special status or title, the mom and dad weren’t sure if they could use the name.
As for her son’s eclectic middle name of Sage, the beaming mother explained, “And amazing Sage - burning, cleansing, and healing. And in Ancient Greece- a wise man [but you know, no pressure].”
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Welcome to the family 💙 Citizen Sage Alexander-Johnston. 🌿 You are ten days old. Four delicious kilos already. My favourite child [as long as you never answer me back or disagree with me at all ever 🤪]. You have the colouring of your brother Atlas. The face of your brother Everest [Sochi], and ...well nothing of your sister Zephyr right now 😆 but she’s kind of her own person... [and actually the self-titled Boss of You] ...you’ll work that out pretty fast, don’t worry, I got you. Sorry this naming business has taken so long! We had a bit of a curveball when we announced your name to our family, as someone pointed out, it’s possibly illegal to name you that in Australia, as it falls loosely under the category of ‘title’ like “King” “Duke” “Lord” or “Captain”. We tried to change it. ‘Disco’ even came back into play! 😆 But nothing else felt right for you as a Libra, with a [very sensible and grounded] Capricorn moon. ⚖️ So Citizen you are, and always will be- a Citizen of the world. And amazing Sage 🌿- burning, cleansing, and healing. And in Ancient Greece- a wise man [but you know, no pressure 🤪]. And look, if you have some rough teenage years, and you just wanna hang in the garage punching bongs with “Benji and the crew”, you can always roll out “Zen” as a nickname, and I’ll bring you all snacks and we’ll get through it. Because I’m already so proud, and so in love with you Citizen Sage. You complete me. Welcome to the family, we’re so glad you’re here. ❤️ #citizensage
Baby Citizen isn’t the only one of Claire’s four children to have an interesting first name. In fact, all of her children stand-out with their original monikers. Her other kids include Atlas, Everest, and Zephyr. However, not all of Claire’s followers are fans of her baby name choices.
“Hmm!! Not sure but good on you for being ORIGINAL!!” one person commented on her post announcing baby Citizen’s birth. One wrote, “Is his name really Citizen??” Then again, there were some commenters who thought the unique name was brilliant. “Love such a solid meaningful name!” one said, while another wrote, “What an amazing name!!!”
What do you think of this original name choice, BabyGaga readers? Is it adorably unique or too over-the-top? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!