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.”