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Germany does not have a list of approved names that parents can choose from for their children, but courts can rule whether a name risks endangering a child’s welfare.

Parents are prevented from naming their kids after towns or brands. In recent years, first names like Stompie, McDonald, Woodstock, Grammophon and Peppermint have been banned.

In 2009, a court decision sparked outrage after officials allowed an Islamist extremist in Berlin to give his son the name “Djehad,” a variation of the Arabic term “Jihad,” which also means “holy war.”