Friday's child is loving and giving--but not if he lives in Italy.
Italian judges forbade a couple from naming their son Friday, saying it would bring the child shame and ridicule to be named after the character in Robinson Crusoe.
Mara and Roberto Germano, whose son was born on Sept. 3, 2006, had the boy named and baptized Venerdi, Italian for Friday.
Even though the boy was not born on a Friday--it was Sunday--his parents liked the name.
Since City Hall officials are obliged by law to report odd names, the matter ended up before judges in Genoa, the northern Italian city where the couple live.
An appeals court stated that Friday falls into the category of the "ridiculous or shameful" names that are barred by law, because it recalled the native servant in Daniel Defoe's novel.
The judges also said that, as a day of the week, Friday raises a sentiment of sadness and penitence, when not being associated with bad luck outright.