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Iceland’s Naming Committee Approves Hendrix, Rejects Universe

By Yelena

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Iceland’s Naming Committee has approved 25 new names and rejected five name requests, RÚV reports. Hendrix is among the approved first names and Universe among those rejected. The Naming Committee rejected five names on the basis that they do not conform to Icelandic grammatical structure or because they could potentially cause the bearer harm.

The committee rejected the names Universe, Byte, Íja, and Bjarkarr, asserting that these names do not conform to Icelandic spelling norms and also have no previous history in the language. It rejected the name Aftur (e. Again) on the basis that it could cause the person bearing the name harm (presumably in the form of bullying).

The Icelandic Naming Committee maintains an official register of approved Icelandic names and governs the introduction of new names into the register. Its value is widely debated in Iceland. Naming laws have been relaxed somewhat in recent years, both in the case of foreign names and in assigning approved names to a specific gender. The Icelandic Parliament has debated bills on dissolving the committee entirely, but such a bill has yet to be made law.

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The new first and middle names approved by the committee in this round of decisions include Luka, Náttrún, Terra, Eymir, Fríðhólm, Þruma, Laki, and Mánarós.

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