Icelandic girl wins legal right to use name given by mother

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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 Iceland’s 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 Iceland’s strict law on names.

Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the name “Blaer” 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 “Girl” in communications with officials.

“I’m very happy,” she said.

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