The debate over a new bill that would make sweeping changes to Iceland’s naming law continues to rage, with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies and Samtökin 78 issuing statements on both sides of the matter this week.
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The Icelandic Naming Committee has rejected the names Zelda, Zion, and Theo, but approved the names Maríon and Sólúlfur for male children.
MPs of the Reform Party, Pirate Party, and Social Democratic Alliance have put forth a bill proposing substantial amendments to Iceland’s naming laws, including dissolving the Icelandic Naming Committee.
A parliamentary bill is being drafted that would eliminate any restrictions on the use of family names in Iceland.
The names Aron and Margrét as first names for boys and girls respectively were the most popular names given to children born in Iceland in 2014.
Comedian and former Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr has been given the green light to legally change his name. Jón has long fought to be able to change his name from Jón Gnarr Kristinsson to Jón Gnarr. Although he was christened Jón Gnarr Kristinsson, he says he has always been known as Jón Gnarr...