Seriously. If you happen to live in the seaside town of Ploce, Croatia, the local priest will hand you one thousand cold, hard kunas – about $175 – to give your child one of the 80 names he deems traditionally Croatian. Money changes hands over the baptismal font, so there’s no backing out.
What’s interesting is that Father Petar is not just out to encourage saints’ names, but those with a traditional link to Croatian culture. While I suspect he thinks an American import like Brittany would be just plain silly, he claims to be working to preserve Croatian national identity. And yes, Father Petar’s own first name is definitely a valid choice.
I haven’t been able to track down the list, but if you stumble across those 80 appellations that will win you the cash, please provide a link!