Post # 1
I just read this article about a girl in Iceland who is fighting to keep be known by the name her mother gave her at birth. The problem is that her given name is not on the country’s approved list of names. I didn’t even know that countries out there ever restricted baby names!
In a way, I can see where they are coming from. I do think some kids get stuck with embarassing names.
In another way, I think it’s a bit ridiculous. If I hated my name, I’d just change it when I got older.
What do you think?
Here is the article for reference: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/03/16320630-teen-legally-known-only-as-girl-battles-to-use-her-own-name?lite
ETA: What I’m really asking is: How do you feel about a country limiting one’s right to name a baby?
Post # 3
That’s ridiculous! It’s not like her name means something awful
Post # 4
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That’s crazy. I can somewhat understand outlawing names that are horrific like “Satan” or swear words or whatever but instead of having an “approved” list to chose from why not just have a “not approved” list, which would probably be shorter and less controversial for parents who don’t want their child to have the same name as every other child in the country.
I grew up with a very popular name for the 80’s, Amanda, and I hated it. I always had at least 4 other Amanda’s in my class and that’s when I finally changed my name to Mandie because no one in my classes went by Mandi/Mandie/Mandy. Then I moved to Iowa and lo and behold there were 4 Amanda’s in my class that all went by Mandi…ugh I couldn’t win. I swore when I had kids that their names were not going to be popular.
I don’t feel a government should be able to only have a list of approved names to chose from however, I do think that the government should be able to deny any name that could be harmful to the child in some way, such as teasing or whatever. I mean naming a child “Dog” is obviously not acceptable. Blaer which has a meaning in their country, as well as the name is used in a popular novel in their country. I’m just confused why the government is not allowing it. If the kid loves her name, the family accepts it than why not leave it be?
Post # 5
That’s crazy, her name is actually normal! These crazies named their baby Hashtag!
Post # 6
I read the same article! While I think some people name their children poorly, I don’t think it truly helps to have government approved list of names… I mean, Elvis has made the approved list!!!
Also, I am never supportive of taking away someones rights. I know people think a socialist society would work, and I’m sure there are some advatages, but I would never survive in a society where I was told what I could and couldn’t do as much as in Iceland and Denmark.
Post # 7
To be fair though, the government DO think the name is harmful because it sounds like a male name.
Not saying that they’re right, but they have this law and where do you draw the line? What I find the weirdest is that the mother has allowed her daughter to officially been known as “girl” for 15 years.
Post # 8
Outlawing Blaer is outright dumb, but I think it would be justifiable if she was named hamburger or something. I think it is sad that governments feel the need to have approved baby names just to keep a handful of parents from being idiots.
Post # 9
Many countries limit the names parents can use. I can understand why, but am not a fan of it. I would rather people have to pass a parenting course to be given a licence to have custody of their kids or something like that.
Post # 10
If the law was put in place to protect children from embarassment from odd names, wouldn’t that point be moot since the girl WANTS the name? The girl herself is fighting to keep the name she was given, so she’s clearly not embarassed by her name. And really, they approved Elvis? But not the girls actually really pretty name?