Hlynur Snæbjörnsson, a sheep farmer in North Iceland, has been denied the right to legally adopt the name of his grandmother because he is a man.
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.
The Icelandic Naming Committee has rejected the names Zelda, Zion, and Theo, but approved the names Maríon and Sólúlfur for male children.
The Icelandic Naming Committee has added five new first names and two middle names to the register of approved names.
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.