Girl wins fight to keep her name after it was banned

Blaer Bjarkardottir, left, and her mother, Bjork Eidsdottir, in Reykjavik Blaer, left, was banned from using her own name

Until now, Blaer Bjarkardottir was officially known as 'Girl' because the government in Iceland had banned her from using her own name.

  • Countries like Iceland, Denmark and Germany have very strict rules about names.
  • In Iceland there is a list of 1,853 girls names which are allowed.
  • Names like Carolina and Christa are not allowed because the letter "c" is not part of Iceland's alphabet.
  • Names that can be used for both a boy and a girl are not allowed either.

There are very strict laws in Iceland about how children should be named and authorities said the name 'Blaer', which means 'light breeze', wasn't suitable for a girl.

But, the 15-year-old decided to fight this decision and now her local court has agreed to let her keep her real name.

Blaer's mum, Bjork Eidsdottir, said she didn't know Blaer's name wasn't allowed.

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