You Can’t Name Your Child 'Nutella' If You’re In France

If you’re in France, you might be out of luck if you were planning to name your kid after your favorite chocolate spread.


Who doesn’t want to name their child after someone – or something – they love? Be it a family member they adore, a fictional character they are in love with, favorite flower, favorite month… the possibilities are endless.

However, if parents want to name their child after a favorite snack, they might have to rethink. It’s not only about condemning the poor child to a life-long of misery, it's also now illegal, in France at least.

A court in the French city of Valenciennes recently ordered the parents of a newborn baby "Nutella" to rename her, deeming it against the child’s interest to be named after a food spread.

"In this case, the name 'Nutella' given to the child is the trade name of a spread. And it is contrary to the child's interest to be wearing a name like that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts," the court’s decision stated according to a translation available on Google.

The baby was named “Ella” by the court after her parents failed to show up at the court hearing.

In France,  parents have complete liberty to name their baby to their heart’s desire, but the registrar checks the names at the time of birth certificates, and notifies the prosecutor if a name is considered "diminutive" or contrary to the child’s interest.

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