On Friday, the government of Saudi Arabia listed 50 names that could no longer be legally given to children. That list of names included names historically given to Jewish children – a double-whammy for Jews, who are not allowed in the country – as well as Islamic names linked with Shiite Islam, and names reserved for the Saudi royal family. The barred names include Amir (prince), Malika (queen), Maya, Linda, and Binyamin (Benjamin), among others.
Here is the full list:
Nabiyya (female prophet)
Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
Rama (Hindu god)
Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
Jibreel (angel Gabriel)
Saudi Arabia’s restrictive laws prevent women from driving; people from selling, buying, or wearing anything red or heart-shaped on Valentine’s Day; visiting the movies (there are no movie theaters); music schools; and women traveling without permission, among other myriad bans.