Many streets and even towns have been named after the political leader, Napoleon Bonaparte. Because naming a pig after him would be demeaning to his reputation, it is forbidden by law. However, there are no laws against naming your dog, or any other pet for that matter, Napoleon.
There’s a persisting rumor saying that there is a French law
prohibiting people to call their pig “Napoleon” (a variant says the same
about “Jean-Pierre” or “Jean-Marie”). It can even be found on some sites
for French lawyers (such as:
at least according to
Nobody ever cited source, and those who searched a bit claim they didn’t
find it, but nobody seems to have searched through jurisprudence nor