That’s what a lucky couple from Kungälv, Sweden is able to say to friends and neighbors after a Swedish court overruled an objection from the country’s tax agency to the parents naming their beautiful, bouncing baby girl after the heavy metal icons (sorta). Via Blabbermouth:
The girl’s parents wanted to give their daughter a name that combined their first names. After picking Metallica and checking twice with the Swedish tax agency Skatteverket if the name was acceptable, they were told that it shouldn’t be a problem since there is already a girl in Sweden called Metallica. When they filed Metallica as one of the girl’s three first names, the Skatteverket suddenly objected, claiming that the name was inappropriate because a famous hard rock band bears that name and the fact that it’s too close to the word “metal.” The parents filed an appeal with the district court, which has now ruled that the use of the name won’t pose any problems for either the girl or anyone that she comes in contact with. One member of the jury objected to the ruling, claiming that the name probably will cause discomfort to the person who bears it.
As crazy strict as Skatteverket sounds, the Zappas could have benefitted from a body exercising advice and discretion over their chosen names. (Ahmet, okay; Dweezil, interesting; but Moon Unit and Diva Muffin? Shit, Apple Martin almost makes more sense that that!) We have here pictures for your consideration. Metallica is on the right, but Metallica is not on the left; that’s a stock photo of an infant girl, just to bring it together for ya.
So, a primer for the adventurous, pregnant Swedes, please: naming your baby Metallica is tax-agency tested, courthouse approved. Superman? Not so much. More reports on Swedish governance over outlandish baby names as they come in.