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Iceland ‘Girl’ gets a name

Jan. 31 (AP): A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite opposition of authorities.

A court ruled today that the name “Blaer” can be used. It means “gentle breeze”. The decision overturns an earlier rejection by Icelandic authorities who declared it was not a proper feminine name. Until now, Blaer Bjarkardottir had been identified simply as “Girl”.

Like a handful of other countries, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Names are supposed to fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules.

 
 
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