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Mexican State of Sonora Bans Bizarre Baby Names, Including 'Facebook,' 'Circumcision,' and 'Martian'

First Posted: Feb 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST
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Across the border from the U.S. state of Arizona, some strange activity has been occurring in the Mexican state of Sonora.  

A few parents who have just given birth are experiencing severely clouded judgment when it comes to naming their newborns.

In an odd case of baby naming, newborns are being brought into the world with names such as "Facebook," "Rambo," to "Marciana," which means "Martian" in Spanish, as well as a boy called "Circuncision," or "Circumcision." 

Officials of the Mexican state of Sonora are saying enough's enough. Parents will no longer be allowed to give their children social media-based baby names like the aforementioned "Facebook," or Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo," or extraterrestrials and medical procedures. Instead, they are being banned, along with 58 other names.

According to The Associated Press, the names have been found at least once in state registries. And the list could grow because officials are still checking the state's 132 newborn registries, Sonora state Civil Registry director Cristina Ramirez said last week.

Ramirez adds that the law banning a list of over 60 odd or offensive names took effect Monday. The goal is to ultimately protect children from being bullied.

"The law is very clear because it prohibits giving children names that are derogatory or that don't have any meaning and that can lead to bullying," she said.

Bullying is no joke -- Ramirez said that in the town of Navojoa a boy was recently named "Juan Calzon," or "Juan Panties," and a girl was named "Lady Di."

On a lighter note, we're no strangers to unique celebrity baby names, such as: Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) and Blue Ivy (Beyonce and Jay-Z) or North West (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) in the U.S., but the Mexican state of Sonora isn't having it -- celebrity or not.

Americans are fascinated by baby names, especially celebrity baby names. BabyCenter, the online pregnancy and parenting resource, asked more than 5,600 American moms to vote for their favorite and least-favorite celebrity baby names in 2013.

The result? Moms adore actors Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's baby name choice, Everly, which came in first place for most-liked moniker. Also topping the list was Autumn James, daughter of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay, as well as Noah, son of Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato.

"Stars who went with 'unique' baby names found themselves on the loser list. The least-favorite celeb baby name of the year was North, bestowed on the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. And while she may be one of America's sweethearts, Jessica Simpson (and fiancé Eric Johnson) made the least-favorite list for the second year in a row, this time with their son's name, Ace Knute. (Moms weren't fond of their choice of Maxwell for their daughter in 2012, either.)"

"Tracking celebrity baby names is a sport for American moms," says Linda Murray, BabyCenter's global editor-in-chief. "They love analyzing the baby name choices of famous parents and sharing their opinions. This year's survey results show moms favoring slightly quirky names and tried-and-true classics. But when celebs choose truly unusual names, they lose public support."

Top 5 Favorite Celebrity Baby Names

1. Everly (Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan)

2. Autumn James (Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay)

3. Noah (Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato)

4. Luna Encinas (Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem)

5. TIE: Elijah Joseph Daniel (Elton John and David Furnish) and Winnie (Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen)

Top 5 Least-Favorite Celebrity Baby Names

1. North (Kanye West and Kim Kardashian)

2. Cricket Pearl (Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein)

3. Bear (Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll)

4. Ace Knute (Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson)

5. Axl Jack (Fergie and Josh Duhamel)

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