ROME An Italian court has ruled that a couple
could not name their son "Friday" and ordered that he instead
be called Gregory after the saint whose feast day he was born
"I think it is ridiculous they even opened a case about
it," the family's lawyer, Paola Rossi, told Reuters by
telephone from the northern city of Genoa on Tuesday.
Friday/Gregory Germano was born in Genoa 15 months ago. The
parents registered him as Friday in the city hall and a priest
even baptised him as Friday -- unusual in Italy since many
priests insist that first names be of Christian origin.
"We named him Friday because we like the sound of the name.
Even if it would have been a girl, we would have named her
Friday," the boy's mother, Mara Germano, told Reuters.
When the boy was about five months old, a city hall clerk
brought the odd name to the attention of a tribunal, which
informed the couple of an administrative norm which bars
parents from giving "ridiculous or shameful" first names to
The tribunal said it was protecting the child from being
the butt of jokes and added that it believed the name would
hinder him from developing "serene interpersonal
The Germano family appealed but lost their case this month
and the story was carried on the front page of a national
newspaper on Tuesday.
When ordered to change the name, the parents refused and
the court ruled the boy would be legally registered as Gregory
because he was born on that saint's feast day.
"I really doubt this would have happened to the child of
parents who are rich and famous," the boy's mother told
Reuters, recalling that some famous Italians had given their
children unorthodox names such as "Ocean" or "Chanel".
The appeals court ruled against Friday because it recalled
the servile savage in Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe and
because superstitious Italians consider Friday an unlucky day.
"I am livid about this," the boy's mother said. "A court
should not waste its time with things like this when there is
so much more to worry about."
"My son was born Friday, baptised Friday, will call himself
Friday, we will call him Friday but when he gets older he will
have to sign his name Gregory," she said.