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Iceland’s restrictive baby naming law is in the news again. Last year the problem was Blær, this year it’s Harriet.
Tristan Cardew (of Britain) and his wife Kristin (of Iceland) live in Iceland and have two children: Duncan, 12, and Harriet, 10. Duncan’s and Harriet’s Icelandic passports have always listed them as Drengur Cardew (Boy Cardew) and Stúlka Cardew (Girl Cardew) because Iceland doesn’t officially recognize their non-Icelandic names.
Not long ago, Tristan and Kristin tried to renew Harriet’s passport ahead of a vacation, but the National Registry in Reykjavik denied their request. They are appealing the decision. (In the meanwhile, they’ve gotten Harriet an emergency UK passport from the British embassy.)
The Cardews could get round Harriet’s problem by giving her an Icelandic middle name.
“But it’s a bit late for that, and way too silly,” said [Tristan] Cardew. “Are they saying they don’t want us here?”
I’m not sure how much support/criticism the name law gets from residents of Iceland, but Jón Gnarr, former mayor of Reykjavik, has called the law “unfair, stupid [and] against creativity.”
What other names has Iceland declared illegal? Here are links to all of the approved and rejected baby names in Iceland.
Source: Icelandic girls can’t be called Harriet, government tells family
I was reading a few of Kristin Rushowy’s “What’s Your Name?” essays recently and noticed that two of them mentioned name rhymes.
One of them was about a baby named Eshana Audria:
And, he adds, [the middle name] goes well with Eshana (which rhymes with nirvana).
The other was about a baby named Jace Cristiano:
When she told Gary, his response was: “Is there anything that rhymes with it that people could make fun of?” (Tania explains, “He didn’t want anything that anyone could torture him with.”) “Face” was the worst they could think of.
I like how these two quotes allude to the best and worst possible scenarios.
Some rhymes are great. They give names pleasant associations, and they can be used as tools to help new acquaintances both pronounce and remember names (as with Eshana and nirvana).
But some rhymes are unfortunate and can do a lot of damage, especially if the rhyme is either true (i.e. if “fat Matt” happens to be chunky) or ironic (i.e. if “slick Rick” isn’t so slick).
Of course, there’s a lot of middle ground. I got “fancy Nancy” a lot as a kid–didn’t love it, but it wasn’t too bothersome.
Does your name rhyme with anything interesting? (Check RhymeZone if nothing comes to mind.) What do your children’s names rhyme with? Did rhyme influence any of your baby-naming decisions?