From Iceland — Interior Ministry To Further Assess Public Opinion Of Naming Committee

Interior Ministry To Further Assess Public Opinion Of Naming Committee

Published June 11, 2015

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Nanna Árnadóttir

After conducting a general assessment, the Interior Ministry will soon be doing more extensive polling on what Icelanders think of the Naming Committee.

Kjarninn reports that in March 2014, the ministry posted on its website the question “Is there a need to review the naming laws?”, with three possible answers provided: A) There is no need to re-examine the naming laws or the Naming Committee, B) Certain changes to the naming laws are necessary, and C) The naming laws and the committee should be shut down, with adults and parents given the freedom to choose names for themselves and their children.

In all, there were 30 responses to the question: three A’s, seven B’s, and the rest C’s.

The Ministry, recognizing the response, will soon be conducting a more widespread poll in coöperation with the University of Iceland.

In related news, RÚV reports that male names Sigurörn and Þjóðar have been approved, as well as the female names Aríana, Hebba, Hleiður, Indí, Karún, Móa and Sylvía. At the same time, the female names Cris and Eileithyja were rejected.

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