A boy named Friday

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 4:01 | Posted in Legal | Leave a comment

An Italian court has ruled that a 15 month old boy, who was registered and baptized as Friday, must be re-registered as Gregory after the saint whose feast day he was born on. The parents liked the sound of the name Friday and there was no problem at the initial registering. Five months later a city hall clerk took attention of the unusual name and turned the case to a court of law.

“I think it is ridiculous they even opened a case about it,” the family’s lawyer, Paola Rossi, told Reuters by telephone from the northern city of Genoa Tuesday.

The tribunal said it was protecting the child from being the butt of jokes and added that it believed the name would hinder him from developing “serene interpersonal relationships.”

The  Germano family appealed the ruling but they lost the case. The mother of the child says the boy is going to be called Friday no matter what the courts may say. He may just have to sign official documents with the name imposed by court at a more mature age.

Could they not make a complaint against the court on grounds of racism? If they had chosen to name the boy Robinson (or even Robinson Crusoe for that matter) there would probably not have been a legal problem.


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