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British Judge Rules Against Mother's Wish To Name Her Daughter 'Cyanide'

A British court has blocked a Welsh mother’s request to name her twins ‘cyanide’ and ‘preacher’. When pressed about her decision, the mother in question, who remains unnamed at this point in time, told the court that the first name had “positive connotations” because cyanide was the poison that Adolf Hitler and Josef Goebbels used to kill themselves at the end of the Second World War.

“Cyanide is a lovely, pretty name” claimed the young mother, fiercely arguing that the name had “positive, rather than negative, connotations.” Unfortunately for the unnamed mother, Britain’s Appeal Court has ruled against her, with the judge explaining that the unusual name choices might “harm the children’s chances and mental health.”

The controversial name first came to the attention of the Appeal Court when the unnamed mother legally submitted documentation for her children to the Powys County Council. Social workers quickly realized the implications of the unorthodox name proposals and referred the case to the Appeal Court.

Although the judge had no major objections to the name ‘Preacher’, her decision – which encompassed both twins – took into account a broader range of familial factors. The name ‘Cyanide’ was strongly opposed by the judge, who said: “even allowing for changes in taste, fashion and developing individual perception, 'Cyanide' is a very odd name to give to a baby girl.”

According to the Daily Mail, the mother subsequently replied in defense of ‘Preacher’ as a name, telling the court: “[Preacher is a] rather cool name which sent a 'strong spiritual' message and which would 'stand my son well for the future.'”

Following her decision, Lady Justice King defended her position to local media outlets, telling journalists that it would be hard enough for the mother’s daughter “to come to terms with the fact her mother had tried to name her after a notorious poison.”

Following the decision, the twins, who have been named Harrie and Annie, are now under the care of foster parents. However, due to the impasse in the Appeal Court, these names have not been legally registered.

Reports from the Daily Mail indicate that the mother in question has an extensive history of mental health issues, substance abuse and alcoholism. Unconfirmed reports also state that the twins were conceived during non-consensual sex with an abusive partner.

Unsurprisingly, the confusing story has triggered a mixed reaction from online commenters. One commenter, ‘Kriss Day’ believes that there’s no harm in naming a child ‘Cyanide’. “It’s no more idiotic than names like Apollonia or Milo, which are probably over-represented on the benches of the judiciary” they wrote.

Another commenter, ‘Richnewts’, opposed any form of intervention in a parent’s right to name their children. “I wonder if I called my daughter foxglove social services would have took my children away and me to court,” wrote ‘Richnewts’, adding: “yes I agree the name cyanide isn't a good name but come on what next judges telling us we can't have children on certain days lol.”