When it comes to dreaming up weird names for children, American celebrities have raised it to an art form.
They have blessed us with Banjo, Pilot Inspektor, Moxie CrimeFighter, Audio Science, Blanket and Prince Michael II.
Sweden is a nation that frowns on these excesses. Names, the Swedes believe, should dignify children. In fact, they have a law to protect children from the more egregious inventions of their parents.
Enacted in 1982, the Naming Law in Sweden was originally created to prevent non-noble families from giving their children noble names.
A few changes have been made since then to broaden its remit. The part of the law referencing first names now states: “First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name.”
On this basis, Metallica, Superman, Veranda, Ikea and Elvis have been officially rejected. So too has Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb111163 (pronounced Albin, naturally) which submitted by a child’s parents in protest of the Naming Law. They tried again with ‘A’ (also pronounced Albin) for the child’s name. It, too, bit the dust.
Now comes news of Tequila, an 8th grade girl who has triumphed over the system through spirited perseverance.
Tequila Wikinghielm from Motala, central Sweden, has had a problem with her name since she was born in August 1997.
The Swedish authorities simply refused to recognize her name as legitimate. Her family took the case all the way to the Supreme Administrative Court which also rejected their bid to name the girl after a Mexican alcoholic beverage.
She took the name Quila instead but was always Tequila to her friends and family.
As she was never baptized as a child, Quila decided to take another shot at getting the Tax Agency, the authority that administers the naming law, to approve her name. She sent her own personal plea explaining how she has grown into the name and that she wanted it to be official before her baptism.
They relented. She is now officially Tequila.
Presumably she’ll have to wait until she’s 21, or whatever the legal age is in Sweden, before she negotiates sponsorship deals with Don Julio.