ROME (Reuters) - An Italian court has ruled that a couple could not name their son "Friday" and ordered that he instead be called Gregory.
The parents registered him as Friday in the city hall and a priest even baptised him as Friday.
When the boy was about five months old, a city hall clerk brought the odd name to the attention of a tribunal, which informed the couple of an administrative norm which bars parents from giving "ridiculous or shameful" first names to children. (So "Ruby Tuesday" or "Joe Friday" would have been okay I guess!).
The tribunal said it believed the name would hinder him from developing "serene interpersonal relationships."
The family appealed but lost their case.
The appeals court ruled against Friday because it recalled the servile savage in Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe and because superstitious Italians consider Friday an unlucky day. full story here.