Out in the Open

Should governments regulate names?

Producer Daniel Guillemette explores why governments around the world have different regulations for names.
Björk, seen in a file photo, was previously the subject of a retrospective at MOMA in New York City. (Martin Mejia/The Associated Press)

Piya and producer Daniel (or "D@n1e/_") discuss the different rules and regulations various places have when it comes to naming children.

Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in New Zealand and Ontario MPP Marie-France Lalonde explain why you'll have to cross 44 and Scum Dog off your possible baby names list. And and Icelandic woman shares her struggle to give her children names that don't appear on the country's pre-approved list.