Cyanide. According to BBC, a Welsh mother tried naming her daughter after the poison. Her reasoning? Because Hitler took it before committing suicide, which is a “good thing.”
Okay…yes, I think we can all agree that the substance was beneficial in that circumstance. But, Hitler’s not the only person who’s ever ingested cyanide, and logic dictates that a) Cyanide is a bad name if innocent people have died by it and b) this mother should instead name her daughter after the gun with which he finished the job instead. After all, who hasn’t heard of kids named Beretta, Colt, or Ruger?
Cyanide and her twin brother Preacher, along with their other siblings, have apparently been taken from their mother’s care. I don’t think the Brits have naming laws the way Continental Europeans often do, but that doesn’t mean social services and the justice system won’t become involved when a name is considered particularly heinous. On the opposite side of the spectrum and the Pond from this Welsh mother, a New Jersey father had his children taken away after it emerged that he named his son Adolf Hitler. In both cases, the parents were suspected of some kind of abuse (drug abuse, child abuse, etc.) or mental illness. The New Jersey case is especially telling because the U.S. generally has no naming laws beyond the prohibition of numeric and special characters. However, certain baby names can and will instigate investigations because they may be indicative of other dangerous behaviors the parents have. Yet, plenty of children are named Gunner (ranks #235 in the American charts) and you never hear stories about them. I wonder, though, if naming a child Violence, Alcohol, or Marijuana would alert the authorities.