In France, you can’t name your baby ‘Nutella’

In France, you can't name your baby 'Nutella'

A court in Valenciennes has ruled that a French couple cannot legally name their daughter “Nutella.” The court suggested “Ella” as an alternative.

Until 1993, French law decreed which first names were acceptable for children, but now judges rule against parental choices only if they feel these would subject the child to teasing, disparagement, or ridicule.


“Why France won’t let you name your child ‘Nutella,’” Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post


“8 Countries With Fascinating Baby Naming Laws,” David K. Israel, Mental Floss

“The 30 Most Popular Baby Names That Are Also Foods,” Chris Wilson, TIME


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Image (“Still Life with Pewter Jug and Nutella, after Cezanne”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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