New Batch Of Names Approved, And Rejected - The Reykjavik Grapevine

New Batch Of Names Approved, And Rejected

Published March 27, 2015

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Nanna Árnadóttir

The Icelandic Naming Committee has given the green light to a few more names, and put the kibosh on a few others.

Vísir reports that the Icelandic Naming Committee has approved the following new names to the lexicon: Aðalvíkingur, Eskja, Rósalía, Arngarður, Þórbjarni, Mói and Kai.

Not all names submitted for approval were so lucky, though. The committee ruled against the female name Builien, despite it having been used before (one of the conditions for approval; the other being that the name must be declinable in Icelandic grammar). As it had only been used once, in 1989, and at no other time, the committee decided that Builien had not really taken off in Iceland, and was so rejected.

Beinteins was rejected as a middle name, on the grounds that a name which has been traditionally used solely as a given name cannot be used as a middle name.

The committee also ruled on a new patronym and matronym: both Lórenzdóttir and Tönyudóttir were approved.

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