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YEREVAN. – Name and surname, given from the very birth, are to identify people. Names have ancient origin, while surnames appeared later and became hereditable.

Armenians usually call the newborn by the name of the grandfather or grandmother. It is interesting what names Armenians prefer. According to Civil Registry Department, Armenians prefer traditional names. Newborn boys are usually called David, Narek, and Arthur, while girls are usually called Mane, Anahit, and Ani. There is no law in Armenia prohibiting to give the newborn certain names. Parents have right to call them as they desire, even by names that are ancient or out of use.

However, many states have censorship for names. For example, names as Mission, Lucifer, Adolph Hitler, Mister and some others are prohibited in New Zealand, The Daily Mail reports.

Armenia does not have a censorship for names, while its neighbor Azerbaijan has. There are three categories of names in Azerbaijan: “allowed,” “undesirable,” and “prohibited.” No comment is necessary for the first group. The second group includes funny and bizarre names. The third group refers to Armenian names.

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