Friday, July 19, 2013

Fact of the Day: Icelandic Names

New parents in Iceland must get personal approval by a government committee if they choose to give their child a "new" name.  If a child is named something outside the approved list (over 1,700 names for boys, and over 1,800 names for girls) then it is given consideration as long as it fits Icelandic spelling and grammar and isn't likely to cause embarrassment later in life. 

21 comments:

  1. We should have that here. I don't know how many kids I've cringed over their names. I was at a ball game and a mother kept yelling at her kid- "Jay Z! Get over here!" For real? You named your kid Jay Z? My daughter went to school with a girl named Princess. Drove me nuts every time I heard her name.

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    1. hopefully Jay-Z was a nickname. Even Jay-Z's name isn't Jay or Z. It's Shawn.

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  2. I believe that people should be able to name their children whatever they want; it should have nothing to do with me or anyone else. I personally like traditional names. I notice a lot people try to be "original" by giving their children "unique" names; maybe it has to do with prevalence of pop culture and celebrity influence (as almost every celebrity child has to have a "star" name). As time progresses many of the names we would have seen as "odd" will be the new normal.

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    1. I also believe it's more important to have freedom in naming children. All freedoms are subject to those who wish to abuse them.

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    2. I also think that people should be allowed to be stupid. As long as they're not shooting me in the head, I don't care what the frik they do.

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  3. It's not a bad thing actually. Prevents people from naming their kids Toilet or something equally stupid.

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    1. true, imagine one kid named toilet and the other named paper.

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    2. Especially if they had a French last name like "Tshue."

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  5. Really!? well...for some names it should exist here too, because sometimes people forget some principles when they give a name to their children.Kisses:)

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  6. wow that's interesting and weird

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  7. Good for them. I know several people who should be subjected to the same rules. How about one kid registered here in a North Carolina school with the name "Devil" pronounced Du Veel. And another one "La-A" pronounced La Dash A. True stories.

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    1. The Devil one is actually kind of clever I admit

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  8. Very strange. I wouldn't like that.

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  9. we have that rule in our country too, othervise stupid people would be giving some horrid names to their kids. For example, some gypsy family wanted to name their baby Anomaly, they thought it was cute like AnneMarrie or something....

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    1. they could fix that by naming their kid Anne Marie

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  10. Dear Lord, Adam, you change your blog more often than I change my shorts. ;)
    Now let's see, Icelandic names... The government again eh? Why don't they spend more time solving their little financial crisis than treasuring their tunnel vision? Just saying it's a free world, is all.

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  11. Of course, the Icelanders have that whole patronymic thing going on, too. If I have a son called "Cal" (not a terribly popular Icelandic name, but...), he would be called Cal Alsson. If I had a daughter called "Val" (once again...well you get the idea), she would be Val Alssdottir. MY name-if my father's name was 'Mal'-would be Al Malsson. Their mother would have a different name altogether (i.e., Inga XXXXXXdottir). So we'd all have different names. Pretty much male-centric. When it comes to single mothers, they have the option to use their mother's name. For example, a boy could be called Gunnar Ingasson. Of course, then all his schoolmates would know his mother was a single mom. I don't know if that carries so much of a social stigma as it may once had, but....

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  12. Never knew that, i guess it has its perks. As it would keep stupid celebrities from giving stupid names like north and apple

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  13. I can certainly understand why they're doing it, but I'm not sure I agree. Perhaps they should only intervene when someone names a child something really horrendous.

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  14. wth, and wtf? says the girl with a weird name.

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