icelandic naming laws

Debate Rages Over Bill to Change Naming Law

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.

Alþingi parliament

Bill Proposes Dissolving Naming Committee

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.

Jón Gnarr

Jón Gnarr Gets Name Approval

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...

Children in Iceland

Harriet Has Every Right to Be Harriet

The Icelandic National Registry had no right to deny the eleven-year-old Harriet Cardew a passport in June, 2014, on grounds that her name had not been accepted by the Icelandic Naming Committee.