Sigríður Hlynur is pleased with the name change.

Man Named after His Grandma Sigríður

11 Jul 2019 “This is a total victory; my name is Sigríður Hlynur!”

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Gender Autonomy Act Applauded

21 Jun 2019 Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, approved a gender autonomy act this week.

Top row, from left: Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður... at RagnheiðurGunnarsdóttir's home.

Name of Dame Must be Ragnheiður

16 Jun 2019 Have you ever heard of an association where the sole requirement for becoming a member is to be named Ragnheiður?

Babies often take nap outside in the cold.

20 strange and awesome facts about Iceland

29 Jan 2017 Iceland is a country of many wonders. There are a however some things raise the eyebrows of tourists travelling in Iceland. Here is a list of twenty top strange and awesome facts about Iceland.

Girls in Iceland can now be called Angelina, but Brad would undoubtedly be a no-no.

Angelina passes with the Icelandic naming committee

22 Sep 2016 Iceland’s famous naming committee, the committee responsible for ruling on permissible Icelandic first names, has voted yes on the girl's name Angelina.

Support Iceland in Euro 2016 with your own Icelandic name!

30 Jun 2016 As Euro 2016 Iceland-mania sweeps the continent, a Norwegian news outlet has put together an amusing ‘Generate your own Icelandic name’ function for readers to play with.

In Iceland, any names not officially registered have to pass a verdict by the Icelandic Naming Committee.

You are not allowed to christen your child Adriana or Pollux in Iceland

13 May 2016 The famous Icelandic Naming Committe strikes again with yet another verdict on application for baby names.

The players have spoken: surnames it should be.

“Players want surnames on their shirts”

3 Mar 2016 The vast majority of Icelandic ‘surnames’ are not in fact surnames in the traditional sense, but patronyms – names based on the filial relationship with a male parent.

Photo: Golli

NO to Icelandic ‘surnames’ on football shirts

15 Feb 2016 An online petition has been set up to allow Icelandic footballers playing in the Euro 2016 football tournament in France this summer to have their first name – rather than their surname – displayed on their football shirts.

Popular Icelandic baby names have an international ring about them.

Margrét and Aron are Iceland's most popular names

21 Dec 2015 Aron was the most popular name for baby boys in 2014 followed by Alexander and Viktor, and the most popular girls'names were Margrét, Anna and Emma.

Harriet has until now been known officially as 'girl Cardew'.

Harriet finally gets her passport

28 Aug 2015 Harriet Cardew, the half-British half-Icelandic girl who hit the news last summer when Registers Iceland refused to issue her with an Icelandic passport because of her name, has seen the controversial decision overturned.

Iceland currently has strict rules governing how babies may be named.

Majority support relaxing naming rules

7 Aug 2015 A majority of Icelanders support loosening the existing rules governing the naming of children, according to a new opinion poll conducted by the Icelandic Ministry of Home Affairs.

A statue of Leifur Eiríksson in front of Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik. Leifur is becoming an increasingly popular boy's name in the States.

Leif becoming a popular name in US

26 Jun 2015 Leifur Eiriksson, the Icelander who discovered North America some 500 years before Christopher Columbus is inspiring a new wave of baby names in the United States.


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