[I have the privilege of writing my first article for Women of God magazine, about names and what it means to bear the name of God. Trillia Newbell, the editor at Women of God, is a wonderful writer whose articles appear in a variety of places, and she blogs at her own site as well.]
You read that right. Not “new and improved” but “new and approved”. That’s how things went in Iceland recently.
Iceland, like other Scandinavian countries has official name registers, and new parents are restricted to approved names on the register when it comes to naming their children. That didn’t sit well with one family:
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.
According to government records, her name is not Blaer but “Girl” because they can live with that. What sort of foolishness is this, you might ask? A quick visit to the Icelandic name registry page sheds some light on their thinking: [you can read the rest of this article at Women of God magazine]