Icelandic Girl Suing Government to Keep Her Own Name

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A teen in Iceland has filed a lawsuit against her government because for her entire life, she legally hasn't been allowed to use the name her mother gave her.

In Iceland, as in several other countries, the government has a list of "approved" names -- in Iceland's case, a little more than 1,700 male and 1,800 female.

U.K.'s The Independent reports Blaer Eidsdottir's first name means "light breeze" in Icelandic, yet officially she's been known as "Stulka," or "girl" -- on all her official documents.  Her family is hoping the lawsuit will allow Blaer to finally keep her actual name.

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