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Couple Names Sons after Unusual Birthplaces

A couple in Seydisfjördur in east Iceland, who have three sons, made the news last year when their youngest was born in a car on the way to the hospital. Their middle son was born in an airplane and both their names are a testimony to their birthplaces.


A Coast Guard airplane and helicopter. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard.

Gunnthór Jónsson’s and Thórunn Hrund Óladóttir’s oldest son, six-year-old Óli Jóhannes, was born at the hospital like most children, and his name is more conventional than those of his brothers, who were in a rush to be born, Morgunbladid reports.

“The one in the middle was born in an ambulance plane on the way to the hospital in Akureyri because he was in a sitting position. But the delivery still happened so quickly that he was born just before landing,” Óladóttir described.

She and her husband therefore decided that his middle name would be Loftur, which is an old Norse name. Its original meaning is probably “airborne” or “fledged”; in modern Icelandic loft means air.

“His name is Heimir Loftur because he was born in the air. And therefore we couldn’t do anything else than to name the next boy Vagn, as he was born inside a car,” she added. Vagn is also an old Norse name and means “carriage”.

His full name is Vilberg Vagn and he was born in October in a car outside the hospital in Neskaupstadur in Nordfjördur. “We went to Nordfjördur because you can’t go anywhere else to have babies in east Iceland. However, we didn’t make it all the way.”

It takes about one and a half hours to drive from Seydisfjördur to Nordfjördur in good driving conditions—there are three mountain passes on the way.

Even though the weather was alright at the time of the delivery, the couple decided to stop at Eskifjördur and pick up a midwife knowing that the delivery might be quick.

The midwife could therefore deliver the baby in the hospital’s parking lot. Shortly afterwards the mother and son were in the hands of the hospital staff.

Currently the weather has been stormy and snowy in the east, blocking the main roads. Óladóttir said that if she had been expecting in these conditions she would feel nervous.

“Everything is filled with snow and the roads have been impassible for many days—I wouldn’t like being in the late stages of pregnancy now,” she said. “I would have gone to Reykjavík, Akureyri or Nordfjördur a long time ago to stay with family or friends.”

Click here to read more about the family’s story and here to read more about the east Iceland winter weather.

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