Icelandic Girl Fights for Her Right to Keep Her Name: Other Strange Baby Name Stories

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A 15-year old Icelandic girl named Blaer by her mother is suing the state for the legal right to use her name, which is not on a list approved by the government.

According to the Associated Press, in Iceland baby names must come from the government's Personal Names Register, which is a list of 1,712 male names and 1,853 female names that contain letters in the Icelandic alphabet and fit grammatically with the language. Exceptions are only made via the Iceland naming committee, which has the power to approve names not found on the list.

Blaer's name was turned down by the panel for being too masculine, and she's now known as "Stulka" (which means "girl") on all official documents.

While the Icelandic rule is in place as to not cause the bearer embarrassment, in other countries baby names are fair game. Check out these recent baby name blunders, and then decide if Blaer sounds so bad.

* Social media naming has been gaining popularity in recent years. In 2011, a couple from Israel named their baby 'Like' after the popular endorsement button on Facebook, and an Egyptian father named his child Facebook in honor of the social media site's role in Egypt's revolution.

* 2012 marked the arrival of baby Hashtag. The baby's proud parents posted to Facebook with the announcement of the arrival of their bundle of joy, named after the social networking symbol #. Critics had a field day with the name, with one Mashable commenter musing: "Wonder what it'll be like in 20 years when she'll have to explain what a hashtag is?"

* The day after the 2012 U.S. presidential election, a young Kenyan mother named her newborn twin sons after Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Twenty-year old Millicent Owuor said her sons' names will always remind her of the election in the United States.

* In May, UK's Daily Mail reported on Britain's adoption system, citing that ill-named babies were struggling to be placed. The report revealed that babies with birth names such as Chardonnay and Champagne were less likely to be adopted.

* In August, a mom who went into early labor while on an Emirates flight named her baby after the airline. According to ABC News, the woman gave birth in the bathroom while on a flight from Dubai to Manila, with two Filipina nurses who were on board assisting in the delivery. The grateful baby mama named her baby boy EK, after the Emirates' flight code.

* One year ago, pop superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z rolled out the red carpet for their newborn baby girl, Blue Ivy. But by the end of the year the name was voted the worst celeb baby name of 2012 by Babynames.com voters. To add insult to injury, the power couple lost a lawsuit to trademark baby Blue's name.

Victoria Leigh Miller is a freelance writer. She has been writing about parenting topics since 2001.

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