updated 5/8/2009 9:57:20 AM ET 2009-05-08T13:57:20

A judicial panel says Dominicans are free to name their kids "Dummy Ruiz," "Dear Pineapple" and other unusual monikers if they choose.

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The Central Electoral Commission has rejected a proposal to ban any names that could be confusing or give no indication of gender, such as Querida Pina (Dear Pineapple) and Tonton Ruiz (Dummy Ruiz).

Judge Jose Angel Aquinas had called for a crackdown on unusual names after the country's civil registry showed some families were naming their offspring after cartoon characters and car brands. One family named their girl "Mazda Altagracia."

But the commission said Thursday it is not appropriate for the government to dictate what parents name their children.

Unique names
Toshiba Fidelina, Seno Jimenez (Breast Jimenez) and Querido Familia Perez (Dear Family Perez) are also among the unique names listed in the nation's civil registry.

Some give the nod to famous personalities: Winston Churchill de la Cruz and Ernesto Che Perez, for example, the latter a reference to the late Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. Others, such as Rambo Mota (Rambo Pot), reflect a potential reverence or fondness for drugs.

Venezuela sought a similar crackdown on odd names two years ago, although officials later rejected the proposal because they said it could violate "the right to liberty."

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