In Iceland, the government must approve of your name

Try naming your baby Apple or Aleph in Iceland, and you’ll have more than the tabloid press harassing you. That’s what’s happened to 15-year-old Blaer Bjarkardottir (told you you wouldn’t guess it). Her name sounds more mainstream than Icelandic singer Björk or billionaire entrepreneur Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, but since it’s not included in the country’s registry of 1,853 approved girl names, she can’t use it. Sick of being referred to as “Stulka,” or “girl,” on all official documents, she’s suing the state for the right to use her beautiful given name, which means “light breeze.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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