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Icelandic Parents Inspired by Yacht and Roman Emperor

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Icelandic Parents Inspired by Yacht and Roman Emperor

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Snekkja (‘Yacht’) has been accepted as a girl’s name in Iceland by Mannanafnanefnd, the Icelandic Naming Committee, mbl.is reports.

The committee reasoned that there are many examples for nouns being used as names, including Nökkvi, a boy’s name, which also means ‘boat.’

Neró, the name of a Roman emperor, has also been accepted as a boy’s name. The committee is supposed to make sure that a name will not cause harm to the person bearing it, so it considered rejecting Neró, since the emperor persecuted Christians and has been described as the Anti-Christ.

However, the committee concluded that people were unlikely to connect events in distant history with a person bearing the name Neró in Iceland today and, hence, approved it. Both Júlíus and Sesar (Ceasar) are approved male names in Iceland.

Other recently-approved names are Skjaldmey and Manasína for girls and Lyngþór and Eir for boys—until now, Eir has only been used as a girl’s name.

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