Here’s a story in the “Who knew?” category

A 15-year-old girl in Iceland has won a court ruling that allows her to legally use her name Blaer.

Apparently in Iceland, you have to take a name from an approved list and Blaer was not on the list.

Authorities had said her name was too masculine sounding, Maclean’s reported.

A name also has to fit standard grammar and pronunciation rules.

Females can choose from 1,853 approved names. Not sure how many choices males have.

I must say I did not know about this law in Iceland. Did you?

In the hopes that we do learn something new every day, maybe this gives you a bit more knowledge about Iceland.

Anything you’d like to share that we may not know?



2 thoughts on “Here’s a story in the “Who knew?” category

  1. WIki explains the Scandinavian surname pattern.
    Not historic family names but those of the father or mother.
    Worth going there for a read – explains all those ssens and dottirs.

  2. BBC Europe online story says the family won. 31 January 2013 Last updated at 09:18 ET
    [ A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has won the right to use the name given her by her mother,
    after a court battle against the authorities. Blaer Bjarkardottir will now be able to use her
    first name, which means “light breeze”, officially.
    Icelandic authorities had objected, saying it was not a proper feminine name. The country
    has very strict laws on names which must fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules.
    Reykjavik District Court’s decision overturns an earlier rejection of the name by Icelandic
    authorities.Until now, Blaer Bjarkardottir had been identified simply as “Girl” in communications
    with officials.
    Like Germany and Denmark, Iceland has rigid limitations about how a baby can be named.
    The names like Carolina and Christa, for example, are not allowed because the letter “c” is
    not part of Iceland’s alphabet. Names cannot be unisex either.
    Blaer’s mother, Bjork Eidsdottir, has said that she had no idea that Blaer was not on the list
    of accepted female names when she gave it to her daughter.
    The panel rejected the name because they said it was too masculine for a girl.
    There are some 1,853 approved female names on the Icelandic Naming Committee’s list.
    It was not immediately clear whether the government would appeal against the district court’s
    decision in the Supreme Court.] end.
    -Life was simpler in the 19th century British naming pattern, where even the name of a dead
    child was recycled. Boy after father’s father, reverse for girl as I recall it, must look it up again.
    The fancy new first names with no family connection began to show in the mid-1960s when it
    was still assumed a young lady would substitute the surname of her groom’s father for her own.
    So that pretty ethnic name on the wedding invitation was lost to something quite culturally

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