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Posted 09 June 2008 02:08

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A Swedish couple have won the right to name their baby son Lego after a legal battle.

Couples in Sweden have previously run into trouble with officials over the names Ikea, Veranda, Metallica and the use of Elvis for a girl.

But the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeals has now overruled an earlier decision to stop a couple naming their child after the brightly coloured plastic building blocks.

In Swedish law, offensive, unsuitable or inappropriate names are all forbidden, as well as names that could embarrass the people they are given to.

Lego's was just the latest in a series of cases in which the tax authority or County Administrative Court have questioned unusual names for youngsters.

A little girl from Stockholm called Elvis was not so lucky. The tax authority this week told her parents that the name was "of a masculine type" and therefore "clearly inappropriate".

However, the couple have protested the decision. "We talked about lots of names and then Elvis popped up," said Elvis' mother Linda.

"We thought it was a name that was pretty and gender neutral. We're not Elvis Presley fans at all."

Last year local officials in Goteburg reversed an earlier bar on the name Metallica. When Michael and Karolina Tomaro baptised their daughter, they wanted to honour their favourite rock band.


Do you know any one with a strange name?
If you have kids, what have you named them?
Was it the mister's or the missus' descision?
If you don't have kids what would you name them?

Fu(k World War Two, I am an elephant.

Dr Albert Hoffmann, 1943

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