Egypt Considers Banning English Names
Being named Mark, Williams, Racheal and Sandra could soon be a crime in Egypt.
The Egyptian authorities are considering bill which will stop parents from giving their children “Western” names, with a possible jail sentence for offenders.
A draft law banning the use of ‘foreign names’ was discussed in parliament on Tuesday.
The law was made to prevent Egyptians from losing their “true identity” due to the spread of American and European names in new generations.
The suggested punishment is a $250 fine (91,000 Naira) or 6 months in prison.
If the ban pulls through, Egypt would not be alone in operating a ban on certain English names.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia banned 50 names, including Linda, Sandy, and Alice.