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namesWELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND  – What’s in a name? A better question is, “what were these parents thinking?!”

New Zealand is saying no to nimwit nomers. Officials for the country’s births, deaths, and marriages department updated their list of banned baby names. And get this: some aren’t even technically names.

Single-letter names like “E,” and “V” and even periods and asterisk are banned. The use of backslashes and brackets within the name has also been black listed. And while V8 might be a sufficient way to get your daily vitamins and minerals, it apparently doesn’t suffice with the New Zealand government. The name “V8,” along with the so-called a name “4Real,” were banned.

Though that’s nothing compared to one lucky kid. His parents wanted to name him “Anal,” before the New Zealand government stepped in and denied their request. No doubt he would have been the “butt” of a lot of jokes.

Parents also have no chance in hell of naming their kid “Lucifer,” “Christ,” “Lord,” or “Messiah.”

While these names sound funny, they have serious consequences. One girl was taken away from her parents after they refused to change her name from “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.”

Maybe New Zealand should start keeping tabs on American celebrity baby names. Blue Ivy anyone?