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Court ruling paves way for flood of 'Princes'

Published: 25 May 2010 08:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 May 2010 08:58 GMT+02:00

A Swedish appeals court has cleared the path for parents to name their children Prince ("Prins") after rejecting a tax agency (Skatteverket) argument that the name was a professional title.

The agency had argued that the word "Prins", the Swedish word for Prince, is a professional title used by the Swedish royal family and that there was a risk that the name would lead to misunderstandings.

But the Jönköping court of appeal (Kammarrätten) has rejected the line of argument and allowed a couple in Västervik in southern Sweden to proceed with the naming of their son.

The court ruled that the title "Prins" "can not be equated with accepted professional titles within society."

The court based its decision on the fact that the tax agency had previously approved the name as an acceptable Christian name and despite the adoption of new guidelines regarding titles such as doctor, advocate, engineer and captain, the Västervik couple should also be allowed to give their son the name.

The tax agency retains the right of approval for the naming of children in Sweden and all parents are required to register the names of their new born with the agency within three months of birth.

According to the tax agency website: "A first name may not be such that it can be seen as offensive or cause discomfort to the child. Neither may it resemble a surname."

The Local has previously reported on disputes surrounding names such as Metallica, Google, Dark Knight and Elvis.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:45 May 25, 2010 by Marc the Texan
I'm all for having the right to name your kid Prins or Prince, but they still sound tacky to me. I'd never do my child the disfavor of naming him Prins.
12:56 May 25, 2010 by calebian22
Apparently morons are allowed to breed in Sweden as well. Poor kid.
13:07 May 25, 2010 by bbeynch
This is wrong! Just because it's doable does not mean it's desirable. This laissez-faire approach to every aspect to Swedish life is not all for the better. Is there no class left anymore? Prins???? I think I'll name my next child "Murare". Murare Niklasson.
15:00 May 25, 2010 by Tall swede
Why not name the child "hunny bunny" or "mommys little baby" or something else that not make the kid get beaten up every day in school. Actually, i qould encourage beating a kid named "Prins". Then i could name my kid "The General" or Commander. Or Doctor. Or Statsminister. My kids would at least not be expected to be gay.
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