Picking a name for your child is an important decision that requires a lot of thought. Do you go with a timeless name or something more unique? Will there be seven other kids in his/her class with the same name? Will other kids be able to easily rhyme the name with another word to tease them? If you’re naming them after a family member will other relatives be jealous?

There are so many things to consider before picking a name for your newborn. You can see the most popular names here in Minnesota and around the country below, but first, did you know there are some names you are prohibited from using? There’s actually a banned baby name list here in the United States.

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Banned Baby Names in The United States

See Minnesota’s baby naming rules below. First, here are the names banned in the United States. According to today.com, these four names have been ruled illegal in US courts.

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I can't imagine why anyone would want to name an innocent child after the leader of Nazi Germany, but apparently, some have tried. You can't name your baby Adolf Hitler.

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No matter how much you love Christmas, you can't name your baby Santa Claus.

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No matter how much you love Christmas, you can't name your baby Jesus Christ.


I don't know why anyone would think this is a great idea, but just so you know, you can't name your baby @.

Minnesota's Baby Naming Rules


Each state has its own rules when it comes to what is and isn't allowed when naming babies. In Minnesota, you can't use numbers or special characters. According to thebump.com. "numbers and all special characters are banned in Minnesota. Apostrophes and hyphens are the only punctuation allowed. Each name — first, middle and last — is limited to 50 letters each, for a maximum length of 150 characters."

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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