Iceland approved name Angelina

Children on tulips field
This month several new names were approved, such as Angelina, Eilíf, Hofdís, Luna and Tildra for girls and Eyjar for boys. Iceland is famous for its strict naming policy, which doesn't allow people to choose a name for their kids that is not approved by the committee. The government body was introduced in 1991 with the aim to determine if a new name is appropriate to Icelandic culture and language and won't cause any misunderstanding. 

The main requirements are that the name should follow Icelandic grammar rules: it should be suitable for case system and have an appropriate gender. Also it must contain only letters from Icelandic alphabet and shouldn't cause the bearer embarrassment. Also Icelandic kids can't have more than three names.

In case parents decided to use a name that is not in the list, they must send a request to the committee, which will then consider if it is suitable to use. The decision can't be change by any other government body.

Even though the rules are very strict in some rare occasions it is possible to challenge the decision. In 1997 parents went to court to appeal against the decision that they can't name their daughter Blær, as it is considered to be a male name. Among arguments they said that there was already one woman in Iceland with such name and that famous Icelandic author and Nobel prize winner Halldór Laxness had a female character with such name in his novel "The fish can sing". The hearings were successful and since then Blær became a name for both boys and girls. 

In 2013 the Icelandic name list contained 1,712 names for boys and 1,853 names for girls. As of the beginning of 2015 the most popular name for male newborns was Jón Þór, Gunnar Þór and Jón Ingi and for female  babies - Anna María, Anna Margrét and Anna Kristín. 

In case you would like to give your child an Icelandic name, you can find the full list of female and male names on this website.  

Reykjavík Auto 
September 2016