Formerly just a girl

The Icelandic Naming Committee lists 1,853 permissible female names. “Blær” is not one of them. Blær sued:

Blær Bjarkardóttir, the 15-year-old girl who was suing Icelandic authorities to have her name officially approved (so far she has been known as “girl” in the National Registry), won her case at Reykjavík District Court this morning, reports.

“I am very happy … Finally, I’ll have the name ‘Blær’ in my passport,” she said of the court’s verdict.

Blær was also suing the state for ISK 500,000 ($3,950, €2,900) in damages but the court rejected the request.

The Committee insisted that “Blær” was a male name.

Blair Brown was not available for comment.


  1. Tatyana »

    1 February 2013 · 9:34 am

    According to icelandic law, names can note be unisex?!?

    World is big, and contains infinite number of fools…

  2. Roger Green »

    1 February 2013 · 10:03 am

    I saw this story. Germany can be fussy that way. Wish the US had SOME name standards…

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 February 2013 · 10:17 am

    Be careful what you wish for, Roger. I was going to say, “Thank goodness that’s something our government has not decided to regulate.”

  4. Roger Green »

    1 February 2013 · 3:25 pm

    I suppose. I have enough of my OWN rules:

  5. Tatyana »

    2 February 2013 · 10:17 am

    Roger, by your obsession with rules and regulation, I presume you vote Dem. Am I right?

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