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?
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.
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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).