A mum has reportedly paid her favourite metal bands the ultimate tribute by naming her three kids in their honour.
The New Zealand mum chose to name her own band of kids Metallica, Pantera and Slayer.
Her unconventional choices were brought to light by journalist David Farrier in a series of Tweets where he explained not only had he seen the birth certificates, but that he’d confirmed their names with NZ’s registrar general.
“There are no restrictions on naming babies after bands or albums as long as the word used is not generally considered to be offensive and does not resemble an official rank or title,” he quotes Registrar-General Jeff Montgomery.
“This particular baby was registered in 2009 by the previous Registrar-General. A similar application made today is likely to also be approved.”
thread 2/4: i become a bit suspicious when she also included @metallica‘s best album “…and justice for all” in her kid’s name too, but new zealand’s registrar-general seems to confirm it’s a real thing: pic.twitter.com/1jOy5AUWxT
The mum also revealed they were living up to their names, joking: ”It’s not easy raising three of the heaviest bands”.
Farrier also claims the unnamed mum gave Metallica the middle name ‘And justice for all’, after the band’s much lauded 1988 album.
In his newsletter Webworm, Farrier explains he chose to withhold the woman’s name, but said she was as bada** as her kids’ names.
“All you need to know is that she is a very metal mother, as proven by this photo of her with a crossbow. You don’t get more metal than a crossbow,” he said, posting a photo of the woman.
thread 4/4: finally, i think it’s important to note (as you can see in the photo in my article) this mother is also a big fan of crossbows which are also truly metal and she deserves our complete and utter respect for this (and for raising three kids): https://t.co/kiXGTrr60A
— David Farrier (@davidfarrier)
July 7, 2021
At least she didn’t opt for other Metallica-themed names such as ‘Reload’ for number two or three, or St Anger, or looked to Pantera’s ‘Metal Magic’ or Slayer tracks ‘Dittohead’ or ‘Angel of Death’ for inspiration.
In Australia naming guidelines set out by the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages state that a name must not contain symbols without phonetic significance (ie including a question mark); must not be offensive (so no swear words); cannot resemble a name or rank (no Queen or King); and must not be more than 50 characters long.
While that does leave a lot of freedom for parents to find their perfect name, examples of previously banned names in Victoria show it’s not always that simple.
Names that have not passed muster include: Anzac, Brigadier, Brother (also Sister), Baron, Emperor, Madam, Messiah, Lady, Honour, Sir and Prince, to name a few.