SHAFAQNA – Baby names -Â considered one of the most important decisions in a parentâ€™s life, the choice is under enough scrutiny. If youâ€™re living in Saudi Arabia, achieving that family milestone just got harder.
Saudi Arabia is known for some questionable practices: public executions, aÂ ban on women driving, and segregated gender lines for grocery shopping. But a list of banned baby names ranks high up on the list.
If youâ€™re a parent planning on having kids anytime soon, you may want to take a look at this completeÂ list of banned names issued in June 2014. They range from predictable (for Saudi Arabia) to just plain confusing.
Luckily weâ€™re here to tell you the list of reasons the kingdom cites for the outlawed names. Thatâ€™s not to say the bans make sense with these explanations â€” far from it â€”Â but at least it gives you a window into the thoughts of the monarchy.
Hereâ€™s a complete list of banned names issued last year: