The news of the unidentified woman’s choice of names for her kids was first broken by New Zealand journalist and documentary filmmaker David Farrier (Netflix‘s “Dark Tourist”).
Farrier wrote on Twitter: “Proud to report that a New Zealand mother has named her children Metallica, Pantera and Slayer.” She told me, ‘It’s not easy raising three of the heaviest bands.'”
Farrier said that he was a bit suspicious at the beginning before seeing birth certificates of all three kids and especially after noticing that Metallica had a middle name of And Justice For All, in honor of the band’s fourth album.
He added: “I reached out to the Registrar-General himself, asking if there are any restrictions naming babies after band names, or albums.” New Zealand Registrar-General Jeff Montgomery answered that “there are no restrictions on naming babies after bands or albums, as long as the word used is not generally considered to be offensive or does not resemble an official rank or title.”
Farrier also shared a photo of the woman with following message: “I think it’s important to note (as you can see in the photo in my article) this mother is also a big fan of crossbows, which are also truly metal, and she deserves our complete and utter respect for this (and for raising three kids).”