Skip to comments.Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name
Posted on 01/03/2013 3:01:18 AM PST by Einherjar
A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.
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Under Sharia Law Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wont be “on a list approved by the government” in this country...
How about Lakeisha or Shaquilla?
You gotta throw an apostrophe or two in there I think.
“How about Lakeisha or Shaquilla?”
Having worked in the “inner city” for most of my so called professional career, a recurring dream is that I am the principal of an all black high school and I will have to read the names of all the graduates. Make that a nightmare.
How about Latrina ?
I tried to run a dozen similar name through spellcheck....it crashed the program.
For the record, neither of them are guilty, even with little to no makeup. Also, they do seem to draw a “light breeze”.
I imagined being a teacher in such a school. On the first day of class, I would have each of the students recite their first name and would then Anglicize it (or convert it to whatever comes close to being an actual name). I would tell them this is their grown-up name that will get them through life, get them a real job and keep them out of prison. Of course, I’d be fired and accused of being racist for doing nothing more than trying to help improve the students. If we had teachers actually willing to do that, it would go a long way into rescuing a culture set adrift to the lowest common denominator.
“Blaer was not on a list approved by the government”.
Can you imagine? So much control that you have to select a pre-approved name? As much as I chuckle at Latrina, Q’Landa and such.... parents have the right to pick their own child’s name. Sheesh.....
This girl's name is Sigrún. It means 'secret victory'. She's the band's clarinet player.
Nothing to do with this topic, except interesting names and Iceland.
Oh I can see that. I see and hear it at my kids' school. And we are just city...not inner city.
Imagine living in Iceland with all those ridiculous controls!
I’d hit it.
Ok True. But the question is... if half the women over there are ridiculously “not guilty” would I notice?.......LOL
Heck, I work at a community college in the burbs, and it is really pathetic the number of mauled names the kids have these days. I’m not talking just the obviously ghetto list, but the number of kids with names that are simply spelled wrong from the norm. I mean you will see a name on a list, and assume it is a typo (Stefany, say), but it is not.
Now I understand that a community college is not exactly catering to the upper crust of society, but getting your kids name correct when they are born doesn’t seem like a particularly high hurdle.
Better than laouthousa or lasheda.
Thanks for that. Amazingly, and a huge compliment to the mother, it was NOT obvious!!!
I won't even tell you how a family member's common name is spelled, but it's along the Stefany line. Missing some characters.
Latin Americans use many names similar to names in English, but they spell them differently. I’ve had Stephany, Estefany, and Estefeni in my Sunday School classes in recent years.
We use “Steven” and “Stephen” for boys without comment, so there’s nothing sacrosanct about the “ph,” and why must there be an “a” in the feminine version when the masculine uses “e”?
Shirley Q. Liquor. LOL
Iceland is not the only European country to limit the names of newborns.
Again, not about control of the people, it's about preserving their language and culture.
My wife received an application from a woman whose first name was Clitoralyn
So, being her, I would introduce myself to everybody by my preferred name, use it in written form everywhere I could get away with it, and spit my government-approved name with as much contempt as I could muster only when required by some bureaucrat (and then say, “but REAL people call me Blaer.”)
And dangit, if my Momma called me "Dog Poop" and the Government wanted to call me "Humilis Vectigal Generans" (look it up), I'd probably settle on "Skyway Thunderbolt" as a reasonable compromise, and use it as outlined above.
Changed from Sh*thouse, maybe?
“Can you imagine? “
Easily. I’m sure Obama is working on it as we speak.
Just like a foreign language class.
“This class is taught in American English. I will assign a grownup, American English name for each of you. You may or may not use it outside of this class if you wish. Let me offer a bit of advice, though - if you use this grownup name in daily life, you will have a much higher likelihood of being a live, healthy, productive citizen in America.”
i went to grade school with kids whose last name was “Outhouse” ..true story.
You posted: How about Latrina
I think it stinks...
Is she affiliated with this group:
But you've been known to have a crappy attitude.
“This time, the panel turned it down on the grounds that the word Blaer takes a masculine article, despite the fact that it was used for a female character in a novel by Iceland’s revered Nobel Prize-winning author Halldor Laxness.”
...and just HOW did “Halldor Laxness” get ON the list???
Still have not made the decision to grow up, eh?
“... decision to grow up”.
I believe that was his New Year’s pledge.. last year. Far as I know, he kept it. I hope he doesn’t ever, EVER grow up. IMHO.
Nice and righteous but stop eating junk food. Both of them. But will never happen because they are having too much fun tripping through life
I was not citing a name from a list, I was making one up as I could not directly remember any examples. As I create several hundred student accounts every semester, this is not some imaginary bugaboo.
I can assure you the mauling is there, and it is not a cultural thing. While you can tell from last names that some of that is the case (ie, hispanic last names), it is more a general balkanization of spellings of common names.
Yes, I suppose you can rationalize this with whatever you like, but inflicting a name on your child which EVERYONE will misspell is to do them a disservice.
This kind of situation just goes to show why we need name control here in the US. Name violence can not be tolerated.
Freedom to name your own kid . . . I’m pretty sure that trumps a state’s arbitrary desire to “preserve” its “culture,” however the state defines “culture.”
That would make an interesting and instructive test case to see how board ownership deals with stalking on his board.
I put it under, "People do some weird stuff."
but inflicting a name on your child which EVERYONE will misspell is to do them a disservice.
I agree. My children all have stolid names with standard spellings (except for a nickname, Elen with one L). I use my maiden name, officially, because of the nuisance of spelling my husband's name for everyone. Of course, I have to do that anyway, with ten children, but eventually they'll all grow up and do it for themselvs. Even my 3-year-old corrects mispronunciations of their name without missing a beat ;-).
Laz was just kidding, don-0. Some of the freepers do that from time to time. Kid, joke, tease... Just my two cents but what would Free Republic be without the occasional joke, funny picture or teasing amongst members? There is enough going on in the world and in this country right now to make anyone a bit uptight and uber serious. Is there a place for serious conversation? Of course.. there’s always is a place. However, most of us need some levity. A laugh a day, a smile, a chuckle, a grin.... helps us make it through another day. IMHO.
>I put it under, “People do some weird stuff.”
Actually I put it under:
A) Crappy schools which push out barely literate graduates (the amount of remedial education required around here is atrocious)
B) Teen moms who don’t have the wisdom to think of consequences (of course the first one which comes to mind is being a teen single mom in the first place, compared to which the minor issue of giving your kid a messed up name is fairly trivial).