And let his name be called in Israel — or Jordan

The Atlantic revisits the case of a Muslim Jordanian child whose parents named him Yitzhak Rabin in 1996, though not without a fight:

The state registrar initially refused to give the infant a Jewish name, but changed its position after the Interior Minister said the request was legal.

[The boy’s father, Rajai] Saeed reportedly lost his job on a farm when he tried to name his son after Rabin.

 Lest we be quick to rag on Jordanian naming restrictions, Israel has also found itself in a curious position over baby names.

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After a brief dispute in 2003, the Interior Ministry branch in Hadera allowed an Israeli Arab couple to name their child Saddam Hussein.

Of course, not every unique baby naming in Israel — or in honor of Israeli officials — has been met with controversy:

In 1938, a baby girl born on an Egged Bus in Palestine was given a free lifetime pass on Egged busses. Her name: Eggedah.

A Togolese baby named Moshe? Yup. The 1968 headline says it all: “Prominent Citizens of Togo name their children after personalities in Israel

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