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Published by Mark Tattersall in Children · 28/4/2016 14:13:55

What’s in a name? – Most parents name their children using conventional forenames. But what if you’d like to name your child after a deadly poison; Arsenic, for example, or, perhaps, Strychnine? The Family Court may intervene to stop you. The Court of Appeal has recently decided that a mother who wanted her (girl) child to be called Cyanide does not have that right (nor may she call her boy child Preacher). Older readers may wonder what’s wrong with Peter or Jane (or Oliver or Sophia, which some websites suggest are the current favourites). Mark Tattersall, partner at Chivers Walsh Family Law.

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