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French court prohibits parents naming child ‘Nutella’

Name would cause ‘mockery or disobliging remarks’

A French family court has prohibited a couple from naming their daughter Nutella after the hazelnut spread with cocoa.

The couple, from Valenciennes in northern France, had sought to register the name following the baby's birth in September 2014. The matter was referred to a family court judge.

The court ruled that "the first name Nutella, given to the child, is that of the commercial brand of a spread" and would cause "mockery or disobliging remarks". The girl has now been named Ella.