Baby names.

They're a subject of intense thought for every new parent. After all, the name you give your child follows them their entire life. Some names, especially celebrity ones like Blue Ivy, or Apple, are undoubtedly distinctive. Then there are the names that are just plain illegal.

1. America - Messiah

In 2013, a Texas judge ruled that a baby named Messiah must change his name to Martin because "it's a title that has only been earned by one person … Jesus Christ." The ruling was later overturned.

2. America - Adolf Hitler

In 2009, a three year old New Jersey resident became the subject of contention when a baker refused to decorate a cake for his birthday. Why? His name was Adolf Hitler Campbell.

3. America - 1069

It's absolutely illegal to put numerical symbols in your baby's name. You can't for instance, name a child 1069, like someone in North Dakota tried to do.

4. America - Accented names

In California, you can't have accents on your baby's name, so names like Élodie are out of the question.

5. United Kingdom - Monkey

In the UK, you can't give your baby a name that might be construed as racist or insulting. For this reason, you can't call your child "Monkey."

6. Malaysia - Chow Tow

Chow Tow means smelly head. It's obviously not a very nice name to give a child, but we're assuming someone tried to, which is why it's banned in Malaysia.

7. France - Nutella

A French couple once tried to name their daughter Nutella because they hoped she'd be as sweet as the sugary hazelnut spread. A French judge wasn't sweet on the idea, however, and the couple were forced to change the name to Ella.

8. New Zealand - Anal

Someone actually tried to name their child this. A New Zealand judge, thankfully, said no. Not cool, whoever it was that did this. Not cool...

9. Japan - Akuma

Akuma means devil in Japanese, and some (Japanese) person, tried to name their child this. The Japanese courts weren't having it, and the name was banned.

10. America - III

Someone in California tried to name their child this – pronounced "Three." Unsurprisingly, the judge said nope, as this was a symbol rather than a name.

11. New Zealand - Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii

New Zealand is not having it with these shady baby names, because when someone tried to name their daughter this, the government assumed guardianship of the child to ensure a better name was found for her.

12. United States - Misteri Nigger (the second 'I' in Misteri is silent)

Obviously a California Judge said heck no, because the name basically amounted to "fighting words." Imagine, for instance, the tumult it would cause if someone shouted those words across the street.

13. Germany - Osama Bin Laden

A couple in Cologne, Germany felt moved to name their child this very incendiary name. A judge felt moved to rule no.

14. Mexico - Robocop

Someone in Sonora, Mexico thought it was a smart idea to name their child Robocop, presumably after the 1987 movie. Thankfully, a judge blocked their attempt.

15. United States - Santa Claus

When Robert William Handley of Ohio tried to rename himself Santa Claus, a judge refused, because:
The petitioner is seeking more than a name change, he is seeking the identity of an individual that this culture has recognized throughout the world, for well over one hundred years. Thus, the public has a proprietary interest, a proprietary right in the identity of Santa Claus, both in the name and the persona. Santa Claus is really an icon of our culture; he exists in the minds of millions of children as well as adults. The history of Santa Claus—the North Pole, the elves, Mrs. Claus, reindeer—is a treasure that society passes on from generation to generation, and the petitioner seeks to take not only the name of Santa Claus, but also to take on the identity of Santa Claus. Although thousands of people every year do take on the identity of Santa Claus around Christmas, the court believes it would be very misleading to the children in the community, particularly the children in the area that the petitioner lives, to approve the applicant's name change petition.

16. New Zealand - Chief Maximus

Chief is a solid name and so is Maximus, so why not put them together, one prospective parent reasoned. The New Zealand judge, of course, said no, and banned the name altogether.

17. China - @

One Chinese couple tried to name their child the @ symbol, pronounced “ai-ta" in Chinese, which sounds very close to the words "love him." A judge ruled yes, but the Chinese government ruled no. Many countries have bans on naming children symbols.

18. Mexico - Circumcision

We're going to give this parent from Sonora, Mexico the benefit of the doubt and say they just didn't understand what this name meant. Either way, it's been banned.

19. Sweden - Metallica

Parents can love heavy metal all they want but they can't, however, name their children after heavy metal bands. This is according to a court in Sweden.

20. "." (Pronounced "full stop")

Some couple in New Zealand thought it would be cool to name their baby a punctuation symbol. A judge said nah, and sent them on their way.