WHAT'S IN A NAME?

WHAT'S IN A NAME? Venezuela, which boasts a creative naming culture, is considering limiting legal baby names to a list of 100. The Times' Simon Romero reports:

Software searches of the voter registry find more than 60 people of voting age with the first name Hitler, including Hitler Adonys Rodríguez Crespo; eight Hochiminhs, among them Hochiminh Jesús Delgado Sierra; and six Eisenhowers, including Dwight Eisenhower Rojas Barboza.

In addition to political names that may not appeal to Hugo Chavez, the government also wants to outlaw monikers that cause gender confusion, are difficult to pronounce, or will expose a child to ridicule. Minority ethnic groups may win exceptions.

--Dana Goldstein

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