What baby names are banned: Aussie journalist Kirsten Drysdale registers her boy as Methamphetamine Rules

What baby names are banned: Aussie journalist Kirsten Drysdale registers her boy as Methamphetamine Rules
  • PublishedSeptember 20, 2023

‘Please say this is fake.’

An Aussie journalist has shown just how easy it is to register the most utterly bizarre name for her baby, no questions asked.

ABC journo Kirsten Drysdale recently gave birth to her third child, a baby boy – and is now working to reverse his legal name as quickly as she registered it.

That’s because currently, her son’s name is Methamphetamine Rules.

Um, say what?

Let’s backtrack a little.

Drysdale was working on a story for the ABC’s new program WTFAQ about what parents are legally allowed to call their children.

Herself nine months’ pregnant, Drysdale decided to test the question out with the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Jumping online, she hit the send button on Methamphetamine Rules as her baby’s name, thinking it would never get through.

To her utter amazement, it did – and several weeks later the official birth certificate arrived in the mail with Metamphetamine Rules confirmed as her son’s legal name.

“People think there’s a specific blacklist of names, but there’s not – there’s just legislation that says it can’t be obscene or offensive, too long, there are character limits, it can’t use symbols or be an official rank or title,” Drysdale explains to 7Life.

“But all of those things are open to interpretation by the staff at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in each state; they’re the people who decide whether the name is allowed.

“If parents submit a name that’s not acceptable, and don’t come up with an alternative, the Registrar may assign a name to the baby.”

As part of her research, Drysdale sent through a question about how the Registrar would go about choosing a name in that situation.

When she didn’t hear back, a thought bubble popped into her head.

“I was about to have a baby myself, so we thought, ‘oh well, we’ll submit a name we know they’ll reject and then we can see what name they come up with’,” she explains.

“Obviously I spoke to my husband about it and he was just like, ‘your job is ridiculous’.

“I thought there was a theoretical 0.01 per cent chance of the name actually going through.

“I thought, you know, maybe catastrophic error or system failure can happen, but I really, really didn’t think it would happen.”

How did Drysdale’s friends and family react to Methamphetamine Rules being given the green tick?

“I probably shouldn’t say this, but they thought it was pretty funny, to be honest,” Drysdale tells 7Life.

“Some people feel very appalled by this, but it was a fairly harmless outcome.”

Fortunately, baby Methamphetamine Rules will go officially go by a different name within the next couple of days.

“We’re changing his name on his birth certificate and there will be no record of (the original name), although I assume internally the registry will still have a record of that,” Drysdale says.

“Because this has happened this way and it shouldn’t have gone through in the first place, the registrar is very kindly working with us to do a correction.”

Chas Licciardello reacts to the news Methamphetamine Rules has been given the OK.
Chas Licciardello reacts to the news Methamphetamine Rules has been given the OK. Credit: Instagram/@abctv

Normally, she explains, name changes can take a little bit longer.

“To just change your name because you don’t like it, or you have a change of heart or whatever, that’s almost a more complicated process than the initial registration,” she explains.

“There’s a bit more involved, but it’s still fairly straightforward – you can do it online, the same way you register the name in the first place.”

Drysdale isn’t revealing what her baby boy’s name will actually be from now on – but one thing is for certain.

The family now has a story to pass down the generations, and no doubt the baby’s 21st birthday speeches are already being written.

When video of the naming saga was shared on social media, users were completely shocked.

“This is incredible,” one person wrote.

“Please say this is fake,” said another.

“This is hecking hilarous,” a third added.


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