Iceland girl fights for right to keep name

Shakespeare had once said, What's in a name? — Ask that to Blaer Eidsdottir, an Icelandic girl fighting all odds to keep her name.

The 15-year-old is suing the state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother.

The problem? Blaer, meaning "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

Like a handful of countries like Germany and Denmark, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Most people don't question the Personal Names Register, a list of 1,712 male names and 1,853 female names that fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules. Parents can take from the list or apply to a special committee that has the power to say yea or nay.

Bjork, her mother, is hoping the change will be allowed following the suit, the first time someone has challenged a names committee decision.

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