Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name

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  1. TrackerSam

    TrackerSam New Member

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    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Call her the girl with no name.

    A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

    Like a handful of other countries, including Germany and Denmark, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. In a country comfortable with a firm state role, most people don't question the Personal Names Register, a list of 1,712 male names and 1,853 female names that fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules and that officials maintain will protect children from embarrassment.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-03-03-48-24

    IMO very weird.
     
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  3. buffetoflies

    buffetoflies New Member

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    Wish we had something like this. Some names people have been coming up with lately are absolutely ridiculous.

    Since the law is to protect kids from embarrassment, maybe they should allow anyone to go by whatever name they wish when they reach age of consent. Clearly this girl wants her name to be Blaer, and is not ashamed of it.
     
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    Thank you. You took the words right out of my mouth.
     

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