Icelandic ‘Girl’ has Name Approved

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Icelandic ‘Girl’ has Name Approved

court_gavel_familycourtservicesBlær Bjarkardóttir, the 15-year-old girl who was suing Icelandic authorities to have her name officially approved (so far she has been known as ‘girl’ in the National Registry), won her case at Reykjavík District Court this morning, mbl.is reports.

“I am very happy... Finally, I'll have the name ‘Blær’ in my passport,” she said of the court’s verdict.

Blær was also suing the state for ISK 500,000 (USD 3,950, EUR 2,900) in damages but the court rejected the request.

Blær was not one of the 1,853 female names approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee and as such the girl had been identified as stúlka, literally ‘girl,’ on all official documents since birth.

The Icelandic Naming Committee had rejected the name Blær as a woman’s name on the basis that it is classified as a man’s name and according to the Icelandic laws on human names, names cannot be unisex.

The case has received extensive coverage from the world’s media in recent weeks.

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