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Fancy naming your baby Nutella? Not here!

When Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple, and Kim Kardashian named hers North West, there were a few raised eyebrows, but nothing more. In France, however, a distaste for unusual baby names has gone a step further.

A court in Valenciennes, in northern France, has overturned two French couples' dreams of naming their daughters after tasty treats.

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Born on September 24 last year, the first baby's parents wanted to name her Nutella, after the popular chocolate spread. While the second couple, whose daughter was born in October last year, chose the name Fraise, which means strawberry in French.

Both names were denied by the court as they were "contrary to the child's interest," according to regional French newspaper La Voix du Nord. With regards to Nutella, the court said it would "only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts," the paper reported.

Baby Nutella was renamed Ella by the judge, after her parents failed to attend the hearing. The parents of Fraise chose a more traditional French name – Fraisine -- as their back-up choice.

According to French law, citizens can name their baby what they like as long as it doesn't harm the child's interests -- for instance, a name that may encourage discrimination.

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Child-naming conventions vary from place to place, and at least 12 countries have specific naming laws, according to the Washington Post.

Fans of unusual baby names include actor Jason Lee (with son Pilot Inspektor) and magician Penn Jillette (who named his daughter Moxie Crimefighter). British television personality Bear Grylls, meanwhile, has two sons: Marmaduke Mickey Percy and Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne.

And if you're struggling to come up with your own name, fear not! A Swiss based agency, Erfolgswelle, offers its customers a "newly-developed first name" that no other child has, for the tidy sum of £21,000 ($31,612).