Comedian and former Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr has been given the green light to legally change his name, Vísir reports. Jón has long fought to be able to change his name from Jón Gnarr Kristinsson to Jón Gnarr. Although he was christened Jón Gnarr Kristinsson, he says he has always been known as Jón Gnarr.
Jón made the announcement at the launch of his new book Útlaginn at KEX Hostel yesterday.
The decision by Icelandic authorities to reject his name change request was abolished, as announced on Wednesday. Previously it had been argued that ‘Gnarr’ did not fulfill Icelandic naming laws and that it is not permitted to adopt a new surname.
In July, Jón was appointed head of domestic content at Icelandic media conglomerate 365. Prior to that he spent time living in Houston, Texas, where the court approved his application to change his name in the United States.
Jón Gnarr is one of Iceland’s best-known television personalities and scriptwriters. He was mayor of Reykjavík from June 2010 to June 2014