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Relief among Saudi parents-to-be as ‘Dave’ escapes banned baby names list

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Relief among Saudi parents-to-be as ‘Dave’ escapes banned baby names list

Kingdom’s most popular name not among 50 banned by authorities

RIYADH: Soon-to-be parents across Saudi Arabia have expressed their relief that a new list of 50 banned baby names doesn’t include the country’s most popular name, ‘Dave’.

“As soon as we heard authorities were banning 50 names, we immediately feared we wouldn’t be allowed to call our new baby ‘Dave’,” said Dave Al-Fakhee in Damman. “I come from a long line of Daves and my five other children are all called Dave. It’s a family tradition.”

Names that were featured on the banned list included Linda, Alice, Ian and Quvenzhane.

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4 Comments

  1. toufiq

    March 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Glad they haven’t banned “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova”

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/12/nz_name/

  2. Trigger

    March 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    That’s good news as my Saudi friend wants to name his son Dave after his mate Rodney

  3. dikdik

    March 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    We can be grateful that the name Gaylord is still allowed…

  4. David Goodman

    March 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Have Hope, Joy and Harmony been banned?

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