Iceland teen suing government for right to name
'Blaer' not on approved list
- Duration 5:13
- Date Jan 3, 2013
'Blaer' not on approved list
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Well imagine this before you name your child you must first to make sure more than naming question.
Is on the list approved by the government that is the deal in Iceland where.
Like a handful of other countries they have official rules about what had baby can be -- And now there's a fifteen year old girl who is suing the government to keep the name her mother gave her a name.
That is not on the approved list we are told that it is the first time someone has challenged the names committee decision in court.
Joining us now -- -- he's a former prosecutor Jennifer -- -- criminal defense attorney.
So to let the cat out of the bag -- the name out of the bag -- the sentence so to speak.
The -- -- question is the layer are such a horrible name Randy should she be able to be continued to.
Being aimed at.
-- -- the answer and the simple answer is no.
In Iceland there is a -- there is actually a registry in names registry there's a government body that says.
There -- about 17100 -- names that you can use.
Hear about 18100 female names that you can use.
In Iceland going back centuries centuries centuries the first name is what rules and your last name.
You take your dad's first name and you become his son or his door.
My son John.
His name would be John Randy -- And that is tradition that is the way they do things they wanna keep Iceland and Iceland there are 32 letters in their alphabet you gotta have a name that -- -- the alphabet works dramatically.
And you can't have a name that's gonna get you kid beaten up.
-- about Randy I don't think Blair's going to get her beaten up and also they have allowed other names like L -- they've allowed L -- you know what do you think Jennifer.
Well I think what Randy failed to point out is that traditions need to change.
And Blair was once in approve name on the list and moreover.
The way she got the name is because a priest made the mistake when he was baptized -- -- and he said the name was on the list.
Now we're talking about a fifteen year old girl -- had no name for fifteen years wants to use her birth name.
This wasn't -- that was approved this isn't an offensive name more problematic name -- name that doesn't use the alphabet from my plan.
So there's really no reason why she shouldn't be able to use this name especially because.
It was a perfectly acceptable name years ago so why should the government be able to pick and choose.
What means begins to the population it just doesn't make any sense that especially because.
This girl otherwise we'll have no name and it's certainly in the government's best interest to make sure that its citizens have -- and -- how did they solve that issue I mean she's being referred to you as a girl so far she's out fifteen years old and names in the phone book I understand as well and an Icelandic -- by the first time.
So what do they do about that.
Well let's see her name the name girl.
In -- In Icelandic is actually.
-- -- which.
Really isn't that bad but it's not just about her remember.
The laws are designed for every one which means no one individual can say listen.
I want an exception I -- a Mulligan because today it's this name you know there is no letter C.
In the Icelandic alphabet so what's going to happen next now we're going to petition to start being pack have a new letter added to the Icelandic -- Brandon you have a lot of different players happy and now well -- you like everybody's.
Britney -- a slippery slope argument which just doesn't fly here I mean this lot and it needs to be changed and added that this name is not an offensive name.
It doesn't defy the alphabet I mean certainly there can be certain controls over what means are given.
I get it.
But the government also have to understand that citizens need some freedom laws are meant to be changed archaic laws since -- on the books for ever.
And I get this name is a fine name as was once an acceptable name right here and there -- girls -- and he called.
Girl he should have her proper name here's what her mom had to say she said it seems like a basic human right to be able to name your child what you want especially.
If it doesn't harm your child in any way.
So -- how hey listen are not her.
Man -- the bottom line remains forgive me because I had a coming in both of my years is like being at home.
Law is some times.
Not everybody's going to be happy but laws are designed.
For everyone -- may not be happy driving 551.
I drive 5656.
Becomes 58 becomes sixty.
We draw lines he's been going on for centuries in Iceland they're following -- centuries old.
Nordic tradition it's not hurting anybody it's keeping.
I'm an Icelandic and you better know that -- and ice land there.
I'm big and -- and I -- that if you don't think it don't live there very long it okay thank you so much Randy and Jennifer by the way that's often happens in Germany and Denmark.
Thank you for joining it and then you.
Yeah -- who knew I've been a bill would be accepted.
I hope so and I share depend on the -- on an island 32 letters in the alphabet plugged in Iceland I think I can fantastic sweaters -- You need one there right yeah especially this time -- talents.