Icelandic girl wins legal right to use name given by mother

Feb 01 2013, 00:36 IST
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SummaryA 15-year-old Icelandic girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given by her mother, despite the opposition of authorities and Icelandís strict law on names

A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given by her mother, despite the opposition of authorities and Icelandís strict law on names.

Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the name ďBlaerĒ can be used. It means light 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 ďGirlĒ in communications with officials.

ďIím very happy,Ē she said.

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