“We thought long and hard because names are a serious matter,” said the proud father. Among the rules they came up with were “no brand names, no misspelled names, or definitely no celebrity names. But the most important rule said the new father and mother adhered to was “no made up names,” which happens to be a rampant trend in many Black and Latino homes here and it turns out, many Latin American nations. In Venezuela in 2007 made up names became such the rage, that the president Hugo Chavez championed a bill banning them. An official with the National Electoral Council, Germán Yépez, told the New York Times that the bill originated after children were given names like Superman and Batman. Venezuelans were coming up with, unique, if not hard to pronounce names in any language: Hengelberth, Maolenin, Kerbert Krishnamerk, Githanjaly, Yornaichel and Yurbiladybert. In the Dominican Republic a judge asked officials to ban “strange” names after parents began naming their kids body parts, car brands, cartoon characters and other whimsical if not outright hilarious names: Mazda Alagracia, Toshiba Fidelina, Breast Jimenez, Querido Familia Perez, yes, you read right: Dear Family Perez. In both bills, officials sought to protect kids from “ridicule or are extravagant or hard to pronounce in the nation’s official language,” Spanish. They also wanted to prevent names that created gender confusion.