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Fun fact: In Hungary you *have* to pick your kid's name from a book sanctioned by the Academy of Sciences.

I sometimes forget that this is not a thing in other countries, and the more I talk about it, the weirder it gets.
Right off the bat:
Names are only accepted into the book if they are gendered. Unisex names are automatically rejected, and if one is accepted later on as a girl name it can't be given to boys anymore.
The book has almost 1800 boy names and about 2400 girl names.
There are rules about accepting names, such as:
- They can't be "harmful to the child later in life"
- Historical names have to have documentation
- They can't be nicknames unless they have tradition
and my personal favorite:
- They have to be spelled phonetically in Hungarian.
They take that last one seriously, when you try to give a foreign name to your kid. For example:
Ginger is spelled Dzsindzser
Jennifer is spelled Dzsenifer
Byron is spelled Bájron
Brian is spelled Brájen
and, most recently:
Daenerys is spelled Denerisz
Every year the Academy publishes a list of the newly added names. You can usually tell what movie or soap opera has been popular that year.
For example, in 2019 they added Denerisz, Pippa, Hürrem, Brianna, and Lorna for girls, and Aragorn, Holden, and Kemal for boys.
They also usually publish names that got rejected for various reasons. Some of the fun ones recently:
Öcsi (lil bro)
Dakota (they said it's unisex)
Trismegistos (o.O)
Kopasz (bald)
Szivárvány (rainbow)
Szöcske (grasshopper)
Mazsola (raisin)
Ethnic minorities have their own lists. If one is registered with one of the 13 official minority groups, they can pick the name from those instead of the national book.
By the way, the most popular names in 2018 have been:
For girls: Hanna, Zoé, Anna, Emma, Luca, Léna, Zsófia, Boglárka, Jázmin, Lili.
For boys: Bence, Máté, Dominik, Marcell, Levente, Noel, Ádám, Dániel, Milán, Dávid.
Every name accepted into the book also gets a name day. Hungarians celebrate name days as well as birthdays, so when you buy a calendar or a planner, it usually comes with the names printed in for each day, so that you know who's celebrating on that particular day. :D
Side note: Because of the minority lists, the problem of "ethnic name" bias is prominent in Hungary. For example there are lots of horrible jokes about Roma children having exotic names from soap operas or football stars. (While giving rare names has its own cultural psychology.)
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