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Alice doesn’t live in Saudi Arabia anymore

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Saudi Arabia is rewriting the book for baby names in the kingdom, telling parents that some names are off the list, the Telegraph reports.

The interior ministry has banned 50 names including non-Islamic names (like Sandy), “royal” names (Malika, which means queen) and those the mostly Sunni  Muslim kingdom considers to be blasphemous (Malak, which means angel).

Most Sunni Muslims play it safe and use one of God’s 99 Islamic names with Abdul, for example Abdullah, according to the Telegraph.

It’s not clear whether Sandys or Malaks already in Saudi Arabia will have to give up their names.

Among the names used in the West that are now banned:

Maya

Linda

Alice

Sandy

Elaine

Lauren

Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)

Iman

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