Irish Liberty Forum

You Can Call Me Friday

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Taking a break from economics:

Italy’s top court of appeals has barred a couple from naming their son “Friday,” castigating them for the “ridiculous” name and forcing them to call the boy Gregorio instead.

The court agreed with two previous ruling from courts in Genoa which found that the name — Venerdi in Italian — was too reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe’s servant named Friday.

The judges found that Robinson’s sidekick in the Daniel Defoe novel was associated with “subjection and inferiority.”

The child’s parents, who have battled in court for two years for the right to name their son what they want, insisted they chose Venerdi because “it was nice and sounded good” and not because of the novel.

I’ve known Irish people with much, much stranger names than “Friday”, which doesn’t seem like such a bad name to me at all. I wonder if this court battle has improved the young man’s prospects in life?


Written by Graham

October 23, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Posted in children, Ireland, justice, law

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  1. In the book Freakonomics, the author discusses a few obscure baby names. One couple decided to name their twins Oran-jello and Lemon-jello (pronounced oran-zhelo and lemon-zhelo respectively.
    Another couple gave their child a name that is pronounced shuh-teed, however it was actually spelt ‘Shithead’.


    October 24, 2008 at 12:22 am

  2. And for some reason HTML doesn’t work.


    October 24, 2008 at 12:23 am

  3. Yeah, that was one of the best chapters from Freakonomics. Fixed up your HTML by the way, I think it works but you’ve got to use the < > brackets.


    October 24, 2008 at 12:31 am

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