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Unusual Baby Names That Are Banned In Iceland

The Icelandic Naming Committee oversees the names of children born in their country, and some unusual names have been banned. The country follows some strict laws when it comes to naming, and strange names have been put on the list. If you’re an Icelandic parent, stay away from these monikers!

The laws in the country on naming children are quite strict. The basic rules, authorities cite, just revolve around the Icelandic tongue. All names must conform to the way the language is structured so that pronunciations aren’t made difficult. For instance, the country’s national language does not have a letter “c,” so names containing it would be difficult to pronounce. Other than that, names with “Satanic links” are put on the banned list of names.

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There is a pre-authorized list of names, and some names have just been banned. For those who insist on choosing a name from a banned list, they have to apply for permission from the committee. Restricted names include “Lucifer,” “Ariel,” “Lady,” “Zelda,” “Aryan,” “Ezra,” and “Sezar.” While it may seem easy to stay away from these names, some residents have lived with serious consequences just due to their name.

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Recently, a couple was hoping to call their child “Lucifer,” but they were told by the committee to choose another name. They reasoned that the name would cause the child embarrassment in the future, so they’re better off being named something else. Other than that case, Blaer Bjarkardottir had to fight the court for 15 years because the committee deemed her name as “too masculine.” Throughout her life, she wasn’t referred to by her given name, and official documents simply called her “girl.” In reality, her name means “a light breeze,” and she does have a refreshing take on the strictness of naming.

Debate has started over a state’s right to choose names for children. Ultimately, they aren’t their kids, so they’re taking an important right and decision away from parents. On the other hand, those who defend the Icelandic Naming Committee cite that the state just has their citizens’ best interests. Are names just names, or are they a right to be fought for?

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