An Indian Civilizational Perspective

German Names

Here is a scoop from Germany. This came in Wall Street Journal.

The Government there has rules on how people can name their babies! Some rules:

1. No hyphenated names – like Leonard Matthias Grunkin-Paul! Why? Because if both husband and wife come with two hyphenated names – then their kids have FOUR hyphenated names and the grandkids have EIGHT and so on… Of course, it is not anywhere assumed that the generations down the line could be smarter to see it and abandon the practice themselves!

2. Some names are illegal – like Lenin or Schnikis.

3. The First Name should indicate the GENDER of the person. If it doesnt then the second name SHOULD be given to “clarify’ the matter! Eunuchs presumably cannot live in that country!

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