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Meet 15-year old Blaer Bjarkardottir, or “Girl” as she’s listed on Icelandic State documents.



Her mother named her Blaer, but she’s not allowed to use her name as it is “not on a list approved by the government”. Because her name’s not on the official State register of names, it ist verboten.

Truly, government is insane.

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  1. What part of ‘Tax Slave’ or ‘State owned’ does this young Lady not get?

    Since the early 1960s, State governments have issued Birth Certificates to “persons” with legal fictional names using “ALL CAPS” names. This is not a lawful record of your physical birth, but rather the acknowledgement of the “birth” of the juristic, all-caps name. It may appear to be your true name, but since no proper name is ever written in all caps (either lawfully or grammatically) it does not identify who you are. The Birth Certificate is the government’s self-created document of title for its new property — you and me! In a way, it makes us a kind of corporation whose company name is the same as our real name, but written in ALL CAPS. This “corporation” then generates taxes and wealth over its lifetime and in this way repays the collateral that Uncle Sam borrowed from the Federal Reserve


  2. An odd practice (a quick reading indicates Germany and Denmark have some sort of approved list as well). Frankly, it might not be a bad idea – think if you could cause all of our one-named celebrities to depart – Bono, Cher, Pink, Sting, etc.

  3. Strange one. A Govt should have no say in how a person/parents name themselves/their children.

    But, as Mahons says, some names are so utterly ridiculous that maybe sort of regulation to stop people embarrassing their children is no bad thing.

  4. I hope she wins…I do remember hearing more than once in Ireland…it doesn’t matter what your name is, it matters what they call you.

  5. I don’t think it’s that important.
    She’ll probably end up being called
    or “Luv”
    and eventually.
    “Er indoors.”

    Better than being called Peaches or Fifi Trixabelle or Moon Unit….

  6. As has been said – ‘I don’t care what you call me, as long as you call me in time for lunch!’

  7. It’s a silly law and overly intrusive.

    I do like the fact that even in the modern era Iceland continues it’s own unique naming tradition though, with the surname just being the father’s* first name with “son” or “dottir” added on.

    * It may sometimes be the mother’s name on occasion for all I know.

  8. Ross –

    I quite agree. As far as I know both ssons and dottirs take the father’s name. It’s a tradition which carries forward directly from their Norse forebears. That’s absolutely wonderful.

  9. Pete, my Icelandic mate isn’t keen on the tradition. I don’t know why Jon Drunkstrangersson thinks like that.

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