A teenager in Iceland is filing a lawsuit against the government for taking away something her mom gave her when she was a baby – her name!
15-year-old Blaer Bjarkadottir [pr: Blair BYARK-a-doe-tear] has been banned from using her first name because it's not on a list of "approved" names that officials drew up some years back to protect kids from being saddled with oddball handles. Blaer, which translates as "breeze," is not one of the 1700 or so female names that are permitted, so all of her official documents refer to her only as Stulka – or "girl."
One man who's also gone to court attempting to get his name back says, "I can understand a clause to protect children from being named something like 'Dog poo,' but it is strange that someone cannot change his name to what he truly wants." (New York Daily News)