Couple not allowed to name son 'Friday'
This reminds me of the Seinfeld where George tries to reserve the name Seven for his child. Personally, I think Million is better--it's more masculine.
It's funny that the judge decreed 'Friday' would bar someone from "serene interpersonal relationships." I guess if serenity is the goal, Sunday would be a better choice.
ROME - A couple in Genoa, Italy, is under a court order to change the name of their infant son.
Mara and Roberto Germano, whose son was born on Sept. 3, 2006, named the boy Venerdi, Italian for Friday. The Germanos say they chose the name, even though the boy was born on a Sunday, because they wanted something unusual and original.
However, the judges ruled that the name recalls images of the savage in the novel "Robinson Crusoe."
As a result, they say name fails to provide the child with the necessary decorum and risks creating a sense of inferiority.
The couple's lawyer, Paola Rossi, says his clients may appeal to Italy's highest court.
"They wanted an unusual name, something original, and it did not seem like a shameful name," Rossi said in a telephone interview. "We think it calls to mind the day of the week rather than the novel's character."
Since city hall officials are obliged by law to report odd names, the matter ended up before judges in Genoa, the northern Italian city where the couple live.
Last month, an appeals court stated that Friday falls into the category of the "ridiculous or shameful" names that are barred by law, as it recalled the native servant in Daniel Defoe's novel.
The judges wrote that naming somebody Friday would bar him from "serene interpersonal relationships" and would turn the boy into the "laughing stock of his group," according to a report in La Repubblica newspaper this week.
The judges also said that, as a day of the week, Friday raises a sentiment of sadness and penitence, when not being associated with bad luck outright.
Rossi said the court, which upheld a previous ruling made in June, also ordered the boy to be named Gregorio after the saint on whose day he was born.