Dominican Judge Wants to Ban "Dumb" Names

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Dominican Central Electoral Commission judge Jose Angel Aquinas recently proposed a ban to keep parents from giving their children names that are confusing, give no indication of gender, are vulgar, or are more than three words long or difficult to pronounce—unless they are children born to foreigners, of course! When we first heard this we thought, "Damn, didn't people learn from Trujillo about the downfalls of fascism?"

Then we heard the names. It’s been a long standing joke in the Latino community that Los Dominicanos have a tradition of bestowing, um, "quirky" names upon their children. But really, who in God's name thought it would be OK to name their kid Tonton (aka Dummy) Rivera, Toshiba (aka Japanese electronics brand) Fidelina, or Seno (aka Breast) Jimenez? On second thought, we agree with Judge Aquinas! 

The Central Electoral Commission will consider the ban this year, but no date has been set. A second Dominican judge wants the commission to explain the consequences of name selection to parents instead of enacting a ban, but we are 95% sure that won't work!

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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