Thursday, January 3, 2013

Iceland Has Naming Laws To Save Children From "Embarrassment"!!

I came across a shocking report on Yahoo this morning about a young girl and her mother fighting for the right to claim the name her mother gave her at birth, which the governing laws disapprove of.

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Call her the girl with no name.
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.
In Blaer's case, her mother said she learned the name wasn't on the register only after the priest who baptized the child later informed her he had mistakenly allowed it.
Blaer is identified as "Stulka" — or "girl" — on all her official documents, which has led to years of frustration as she has had to explain the whole story at the bank, renewing her passport and dealing with the country's bureaucracy.
Her mother is hoping that will change with her suit, the first time someone has challenged a names committee decision in court.
Though the law has become more relaxed in recent years — with the name Elvis permitted, inspired by the charismatic rock and roll icon whose name fits Icelandic guidelines — choices like Cara, Carolina, Cesil, and Christa have been rejected outright because the letter "c'' is not part of Iceland's 32-letter alphabet.

I think that parents have the right to name their child whatever they'd like.  Yes, many names should have never come into one's imagination and later into existence for the rest of the world and a poor, innocent child to suffer through, but still... It is a parent's right to give their offspring a name that they feel is appropriate.

Hopefully, this one child's story getting media attention may change the laws and allow families one of the most basic of freedoms. (After all, they finally let ELVIS slide)

Can y'all imagine that kind of law in America?! Can you imagine a life without all the Boo'Quishas, La'Melvins, TreQuans and all'a those other made up, crazy attempts at being "creative"?? Um.

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