Apparently in Iceland, there is a book of approved name for parents to pick from. Because the parents of a girl picked the name Blaer which was not in the book of approved names she has no official name and if referred to as just “Girl” on all her official documents.
The purpose behind the book is to try and avoid have kids being name embarrassing names. The names are also said to meet official Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules.
After hearing the story of parents who recently named their baby Hashtag I can understand why some may think an approved names registry is needed to prevent kids from being embarrassed by the names they are given by their parents. I can even understand the pronunciation concern. I have had kids on the last two teams I coached where I still was not sure I was pronouncing their names correctly at the end of the season.
But to limit the freedom parents have to name their child whatever they want seems to be going a bit far. Part of the fun of knowing a baby is on the way is the process of choosing the appropriate name for the soon to be new member of the family. The children can always go by a nick name or change their name as they get older.
So what do you think? Is an approved names book going a bit far??