French Court Bans Couple from Using 'ñ' in Baby's Name


French Court Bans Couple from Using 'ñ' in Baby's Name
  1. French Court Bans Couple from Using 'ñ' in Baby's Name
    naharnet.com
    A French court on Wednesday banned a couple from giving their baby a name containing a tilde, ruling that the "n with a squiggle over it" was incompatible with national law.…
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A French court on Wednesday banned a couple from giving their baby a name containing a tilde, ruling that the "n with a squiggle over it" was incompatible with national law.  

The couple from Brittany wanted to call their newborn baby boy Fañch, a traditional name in the northwestern region which has its own language.

"The principle according to which babies' names are chosen by their mothers and fathers must have limits when it comes to using a spelling which includes a character unrecognized by the French language," the court in the town of Quimper said in its judgment.

Fañch is a name borne notably by two Breton writers, Fañch Peru and Fañch Broudig.

The tilde, an "n" with a small sideways "s" written over it, is commonly used in Spanish.

An official in Quimper had initially refused to write "Fañch" on the baby's birth certi…

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