New Additions To The Name List - The Reykjavik Grapevine

New Additions To The Name List

Published June 18, 2013

The Icelandic Naming Committee has added 16 new female monikers to its list of approved names, while rejecting two others.
Among the 16 recently approved names are Addú, Obba, Þollý, Ófelia, Bobba, and Katharina, RÚV reports. The two that didn’t make the cut are the feminine name Lady and male name Ofur.
The Naming Committee is a government body charged with maintaining a list of approved male and female names suitable to be bestowed upon children. Names must fit Icelandic grammatical conventions in order to be approved.
The Icelandic Naming Committee made international headlines last year when a teen girl was fighting the committee’s rejection of her name, Blær, with which she had been christened 15 years prior. The case brought the existence of a naming committee to the attention of the international media. Blær won the right to use her name earlier this year.
The full list of names recently considered by the Naming Committee are available online (in Icelandic).

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