Björk Eiðsdóttir, mother of 15-year-old Blær Bjarkardóttir who is suing Icelandic authorities to have her name officially approved (she’s known as ‘girl’ in the National Registry), states her daughter is optimistic she will win the case—the principal proceedings took place at Reykjavík District Court yesterday.
Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The Icelandic Naming Committee rejected the name Blær as a woman’s name on the basis that it is classified as a man’s name and according to the Icelandic laws on human names, names cannot be unisex.
“She told the judge that she loves her name and that it has not caused her any problems except in official matters,” Björk told visir.is. Björk also served as a witness, as did a lawyer of the Naming Committee.
“My lawyer submitted evidence showing that there’s a precedent for a name both being male and female,” Björk added.
A verdict is expected by the end of this month.
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