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Naming Committee Approves Ínes and Rökkurdís

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Naming Committee Approves Ínes and Rökkurdís

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The Icelandic Naming Committee has approved two new names for girls, RÚV reports. Icelandic women may now legally bear the names Ínes and Rökkurdís (literally ‘Twilight Nymph’), both of which were deemed to correctly decline, conform to Icelandic spelling conventions, and meet the rest of the committee’s rules for acceptable names.

Around the same time that these two names were approved, the committee rejected the name Sigríður, typically a female name, as an acceptable name for a man to bear. Sigurður Hlynur Snæbjörnsson (who currently goes by Hlynur), a sheep farmer in North Iceland, had applied to the committee for permission to change his name to Sigríður, after his grandmother for whom he was named. The Naming Committee’s rejection of his request came as a surprise he said, given that there is a precedent of other names that have traditionally only been used for one gender being approved for use by both men and women, such as Auður, a traditionally female name which was approved as a male name in 2013, and Blær, which was also approved as a female name after a long and very public debate that same year.

Hlynur is still considering whether to appeal the decision in court.

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