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Naming Committee Has Spoken, New Human Names Permitted

The committee which decides what does and does not constitute a legal name for an Icelander, has confirmed six new names onto the safe list.

Among them are the first name Súlamít, which will conjugate in the Icelandic genitive case as Súlamítar. The first name Bláklukka (meaning ‘bluebell’, both in meaning and in literal translation) was also accepted as a name for people—as was the middle name Hrafnfjörð.

The naming committee also decided to permit the use of the names Lýra and Míla, and the first name Heida was also allowed and will take the Icelandic genitive case as Heidu. This name should not be confused with the already-existent name Heiða.

The naming committee has now ruled on 91 naming requests this year, according to RÚV. There were 85 such requests last year and just 78 the year before that.

In recent years the role and purpose of the naming committee has been called into question (even making international headlines on several occasions). The Icelandic parliament is currently processing a bill that could see the committee disbanded and parents liberated in their naming options. The bill was submitted by MPs from Bright Future, the Progressive Party, the Pirate Party and the Independence Party.

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