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Paul Anilprem
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I couldn't believe what I read today

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. Parents can take from the list or apply to a special committee that has the power to say yea or nay.


1. May be there is some subtle cultural nuance here, but you can't name your child or yourself whatever you want? Come on!!! And it is not just Iceland, but Germany and Denmark too?

2. Only 1712 male names and 1,853 female names?

 
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In Germany, as I understand it, there isn't a list of approved names, but the state gets a veto. I found this link, which explains a bit more.
 
Paul Anilprem
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Matthew Brown wrote:In Germany, as I understand it, there isn't a list of approved names, but the state gets a veto. I found this link, which explains a bit more.


From the above link:

(1) it must reflect the sex of the child

I can probably understand why you may not name your child "Dog Poo" but not so sure about reflecting the sex. May be an ambiguous name is better to avoid discrimination (at least at resume filtering stage).
 
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This reminds me of that Twilight Zone episode where every person, upon reaching age 18, had to decide which of the several approved bodies/faces they wanted for the rest of their life.
 
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Well, it prevents kids growing up with names like Trig or McKenna, so it's not all bad!
 
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Greg Charles wrote:Well, it prevents kids growing up with names like Trig or McKenna, so it's not all bad!
Yeah. Our freedom for parents to give children pretty much whatever names they like is increasingly abused.
 
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