I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the laws around naming are in the US? For example, what is the deadline for naming your child (ie, how long do you have after the child’s birth to legally register his/her name)? If you don’t pick a name for your child, what would happen? I think I’ve heard that it is easy to change a child’s name up until his/her first birthday without any penalty. Is this true? I’ve also heard that if you don’t legally register your child’s name within 10 days of his/her birth, you pay an additional fee to the government. Is that right?
I’m also curious about naming customs and conventions in other countries. In Norway (I think it was), I heard that babies are not customarily named right at birth, and that parents generally wait several months before selecting or finalizing the name. What are the naming conventions in your country, or in other places you know around the world?