Friday, February 1st, 2013
Blaer Bjarkardottir fought Iceland’s tough baby naming laws—and this time, she won. Her mother, Bjork Eidsdottir, had named her Blaer, an Icelandic word that means “cool breeze.” But Iceland’s strict baby naming laws and authority rejected the name, claiming that it was “too male” for a little girl. (Iceland’s rules restrict baby names to a few thousand accepted names, and reject any names that they believe will cause embarrassment for the child, or even are unspellable using the Icelandic alphabet, such as names containing a “C.”) For years, mom and daughter fought for the right to use the name Blaer, and finally, the Icelandic Supreme Court ruled that her name was A-OK. (And that means that other parents can use that name for their daughters too.
I think Blaer is a beautiful and unique name for a baby, and I’m glad to see that Iceland’s government finally saw reason and let Blaer have her name. (It’s not like her mom was naming her Hashtag or Moxie Crimefighter, after all!) In some ways, baby-naming laws could be helpful, if only to avoid letting parents give their kids names that border on child abuse (such as the parents who named their kid Adolph Hitler, or the aforementioned Hashtag). But if they’re so restrictive that they limit parents from using perfectly nice names, then they lose me. Of course, deciding what’s acceptable is totally subjective—some parents think giving their kids a name with a weird spelling, such as Maddycyn, is wrong, while others would draw the line at Hitler. (And of course, still others won’t draw the line at all.)
What do you think? Did Iceland make the right call in this case?
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