- A bizarre court ruling by judges said girl’s name Blu is not gender appropriate
- This is not the first time parents have disputes with the Italian authorities over names
A judicial court in Milan, Italy have ordered a couple who named their 18-month-old daughter Blu, Italian for Blue, to change it.
Vittoria and Luca, from Milan, chose the name because it stands for “bella luminosa unica” – meaning beautiful, vibrant and unique.
“Since the first day Luca told me he wanted to call his daughter Blu,” Vittoria said.
Under Italian law, children must be given names which are “appropriate” for their gender.
In 2000, a presidential decree ordered that “the name given to a child must correspond to their sex.”
Registry offices are to alert the courts of any names they think are unsuitable.
The couple received a summons ordering them to appear in court this week to choose another name for their daughter.
“Given that this is a modern name based on the English word ‘blue’, and that it cannot be considered unequivocally attributable to a person of the female sex, the birth certificate must be rectified by inserting another female name that the parents may propose during the course of the hearing,” the summons read, according to local media reports quoted by The Local.
“If we do not come up with an alternative, the judge will decide our daughter’s name for us,” Luca said.
This is not the first time parents have disputes with the Italian authorities over names.
In 2012, a couple were forced to go to court for naming their daughter Andrea, which is traditionally a male name in Italy.